Thursday 16 September:  1400-1600

The Thomas Robinson Building, Cemetery Road, The Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8AN

Visitors are given the opportunity to see how the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust sensitively restored the former Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels to become a community asset in Stourbridge.

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust and Dudley Registry Service will host an open afternoon at the Thomas Robinson Building (formerly The Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels) from 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursday 16th September 2021.

Visitors will be able to see inside this iconic building which the Trust rescued from dilapidation and returned to the local people as a community asset. The building now celebrates all phases of life from birth, through marriage, to remembering those who have departed.

A trip inside the building reveals how the Trust transformed the building from derelict to an asset with the installation of a mezzanine floor and the creation of a lined basement. Also see the locally designed and made stained glass windows which were installed into this Victorian gem. The repurposed Chapel, which once housed symmetrically opposed Anglican and Non-Conformist Cemetery Chapels, now hosts weddings and civil-partnerships. It preserves a number of interesting features both inside and out.

This event is the first following the installation of a display cabinet featuring the original clock mechanisms that were removed from the building during its restoration. They have been returned, displayed within the building in memorial of David Bills, a valued and cherished member of the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust.

Finish the afternoon with a stroll around the cemetery which is attentively cared for by the Friend of Lye and Wollescote Cemetery group.