7. Henry Palethorpe

The Birmingham General Cemetery (Key Hill)

Section K 466 

Born 1829 in the Black Country. Died March 27th 1880.

Palethorpe is an instantly recognisable name with a “sizzle” and yes it is that Henry Palethorpe.

The memorial reads:-

In loving memory of Henry PALETHORPE of Dudley formerly of Birmingham who died March 27th 1880 aged 57 years. Also Clara PALETHORPE his beloved wife who passed away June 14th 1910 in her 81st year. "Rest in peace."

Notes: - In 1871 Henry PALETHORPE 43, a Butcher was living with Clara his wife 41 at Fair Field Villa, Meriden. There were five sons at home: Walter J 17 also a Butcher (and the only one working), Charley 14, Henry 11, William, 9 & Edwin 7. Polly their daughter was 12 and Fanny WRIGHTON 12, a niece, completed the household. This information does not sit well with the information on the memorial. All the family had been born in and around Birmingham. (C:71) Extant memorial. 57" headstone, double tier base & kerbs


Henry Palethorpe was a butcher but was so concerned at the dumping of cheap bacon and pork from the USA he began producing meat products. The company became the largest maker of sausages in the world at the factory in Dudley Port. In 1967 the factory closed when the company relocated to Market Drayton, where they continued to make sausage rolls, pies and pasties for a number of supermarkets.