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Gem’s Leamington Club formed in 1874 not 1872

It has been assumed that Gem and Perera moved to Leamington Spa in 1872 and formed their Leamington club in the same year. Research commissioned by Bob Everitt, of the Tennis Collectors’ Society, indicates that Gem had moved into the … Continue reading

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Great British Menu 2017 Celebrates Lawn Tennis

L to R: Ryan Simpson, Orwells, Oxfrodshire; Pip Lacey, Murano, London; Nick Deverell-Smith, The Churchill Arms, Gloucestershire. The current series of the Great British Menu competition on BBC TV celebrates the 140th anniversary of the Championships at the All England … Continue reading

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Maud comes into the garden

On Monday 19th June we set up the court, in line with Gem and Perera’s 1874 rules, in the garden at Ampton Road, Edgbaston, ready for a promotion event by the wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and LTA. This coincided with … Continue reading

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Grays Real Tennis Racquets

We are indebted to Grays for their generosity in donating six real tennis racquet frames. Once they are strung they’ll be put to use on demonstration days and events related to the history of lawn tennis. Before lawn tennis specific … Continue reading

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‘Court on Canvas’ – a book for all lovers of lawn tennis

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BBC Antiques Road Trip

Back in March we filmed, in the garden at Ampton Road and in the Birmingham Library,  a piece with Philip Serrell for the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip series. This will be broadcast in the programme at 4:30pm on Monday 19th … Continue reading

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World of Tennis

Last year we filmed a piece for World of Tennis which was broadcast on BT Sport. Filming took place at the Edgbaston Archery & Lawn Tennis Society, the oldest lawn tennis club in the world, and the Ampton Road house, … Continue reading

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Renovation of Warstone Lane Cemetery

The announcement, in the Birmingham Post 28.05.15, of plans for the restoration and transformation of the Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries. In due course we will start fund-raising for the restoration of Harry’s grave.

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Gem’s Grave

Gem’s grave and temporary plaque in the March sunlight.   This area of Warstone Lane Cemetery is looking so much tidier than when I first found Harry’s grave. Click link below for a short video: IMG_0623

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Who was Perera?

Much has been written about Harry Gem but of his friend and co-pioneer in lawn tennis not much is known. He was described thus in a newspaper report entitled ‘THE OLD RACQUET CLUB, BATH STREET – A BIT OF BIRMINGHAM … Continue reading

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