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Granville Street Memorial, with Associated Low Level Wrought Iron Railings, Witton Old Jewish Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Oscott, Birmingham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5331 / 52°31'59"N

Longitude: -1.8809 / 1°52'51"W

OS Eastings: 408174

OS Northings: 292814

OS Grid: SP081928

Mapcode National: GBR 34N.CT

Mapcode Global: VH9YQ.BLZG

Entry Name: Granville Street Memorial, with Associated Low Level Wrought Iron Railings, Witton Old Jewish Cemetery

Listing Date: 28 January 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393644

English Heritage Legacy ID: 504958

Location: Birmingham, B23

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Oscott

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

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Listing Text


997/0/0 THE RIDGEWAY
28-JAN-10 Granville Street Memorial, with associ
ated low level wrought iron railings,
Witton Old Jewish Cemetery

II
The Granville Street Memorial is located to the north-east part of Witton Old Jewish Cemetery, which is contiguous with the municipal Witton Cemetery. The granite obelisk, which was erected in 1876, consists of four sections. It has a low square base supporting a square plinth surmounted by a tall, two tier, shaft with a pyramidal cap. To the west face of the base of the shaft is the inscription:

THIS MONUMENT/MARKS THE PLACE WHERE/THE BODIES REMOVED FROM/THE JEWISH CEMETERY NEAR/GRANVILLE STREET/WERE RE-INTERRED IN/5636-1876

To the west face of the stone plinth is a Hebrew inscription which is an acronym for "May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life".

HISTORY: The cemetery at Granville Street was opened in circa 1766, and was the second Jewish cemetery in Birmingham. It closed in circa 1825 due to railway development and in 1876 some of the bodies were removed to Witton Old Jewish Cemetery. The Granville Street Memorial was erected to commemorate the re-interment of these remains.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: The memorial is enclosed by low level wrought iron railings.

SOURCES: Kadish, S, Jewish Heritage in England An Architectural Guide (2006), 122-3

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The Granville Street Memorial is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historical Interest: It is an eloquent witness to members of the Jewish community who were re-interred at Witton Old Jewish Cemetery following the closure of Granville Street Cemetery
* Craftsman: Of note is the competent design and craftsmanship of this chamfered granite memorial
* Group Value: It has group value with the Jewish section of Witton Cemetery, a Grade II Registered Park and Garden

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Reasons for Listing

Granville Street Memorial is recommended for designation at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historical Interest: It is an eloquent witness to members of the Jewish community who were re-interred at Witton Old Jewish Cemetery following the closure of Granville Street Cemetery
* Craftsman: Of note is the competent design and craftsmanship of this chamfered granite memorial
* Group Value: It has group value with the Jewish section of Witton Cemetery, a Grade II Registered Park and Garden

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