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Dr. Frederic Haynes reminisces about the early days of lawn tennis.

In this newspaper article from 1934 Dr. Frederic H. Haynes reminisces about the early days of lawn tennis. Along with T.H. Gem, J.B.L.A. Perera and Dr. Arthur W. Tomkins, Haynes founded the world’s first lawn tennis club in the grounds … Continue reading

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Founders of Lawn Tennis

A particularly interesting description of the development of lawn tennis through to 1877 and the first Championships at the All England Club, Wimbledon. This by George Alexander in his 1974 book ‘Lawn Tennis, Its Founders & Its Early Days’. The … Continue reading

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Conserving Harry’s Scrapbook

Having successfully restored Harry’s grave in Warstone Lane, Birmingham, UK and erected blue plaques on the locations of his and his co-lawn tennis pioneer Augurio Perera’s homes in Leamington Spa, we turn our attention to the restoration of Harry’s scrapbook. … Continue reading

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New Booklet

Our booklet is now available. The booklet itself is free but we have to make a small charge to recoup post and packing costs. To order click ‘Booklet’ in the menu bar above.  

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The beautiful game at Fairlight, Edgbaston.

Here’s an article from the Birmingham Post of 3rd June 2000 telling the story of Gem and Perera. Since then it has been established that Gem and Perera’s game dates from as early as 1859, not 1865 and their Leamington … Continue reading

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Blue plaques for Gem and Perera in Leamington

        On Wednesday 16th October 2019 blue plaques were unveiled in honour of Harry Gem and Augurio Perera in Leamington Spa. We are pleased to have cooperated in this project with Robert Nash, Town Clerk of Royal … Continue reading

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Gem’s restored grave unveiled

The restored grave of Harry Gem, Victorian lawn tennis pioneer, was unveiled on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, by Ann Jones, who this year celebrates the golden anniversary of her winning the singles title at the Wimbledon Championships in 1969. Guests … Continue reading

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‘Fairlight’ – Royal Leamington Spa

The former home of Augurio Perera, lawn tennis pioneer, in Avenue Road, Royal Leamington Spa. This is located just along the road from the Manor House Hotel where Perera and Harry Gem, together with doctors Haynes and Tomkins, founded the … Continue reading

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Harry on TV

  Harry cropped up in a quiz question on BBC2 TV yesterday (29th Nov). On Eggheads the sports round ended in a tie and went into a decider. The challenger was given the first question. Jeremy Vine, question master: “In … Continue reading

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Harry’s Aunt Helen

    Harry’s father William Gem had twin sisters: Helen Maria and Mary born in 1795. Helen died in January 1873 and Mary in March of the same year. Helen’s grave may be found in Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter, Birmngham … Continue reading

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