Category Archives: History of Lawn Tennis

Ready to play!

The racquets kindly donated by Grays are now ready for the upcoming season of demo days, etc. We send our thanks too for the good offices of Norman Hyde, at the Leamington Tennis Court Club, in organising the stringing by … Continue reading

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal – £5,500 raised so far

The appeal for funds to restore Harry Gem’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has begun. Just over £7,000 is needed to rebuild the grave architecture and we aim to raise an extra £2,000 … 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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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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See Greg Rusedski playing under Harry Gem’s rules…

Our day with Greg Rusedski in the garden at the house in Ampton Road, Edgbaston finally saw the light of day in Episode 4 of ITV’s Britain’s Secret Homes, which aired on Friday 28th June 2013. Watch the video here … Continue reading

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Greg plays under Gem’s rules.

Wednesday 18th April 2013 saw trustees Chris, Sue and Robert at Fairlight, Ampton Road, Edgbaston to recreate once again Gem and Perera’s lawn rackets court in the garden of the Perera’s former home.

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Court on Canvas Success for the Barber Institute

The exhibition exploring lawn tennis as a subject in art has become the most popular show ever staged at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The exhibition attracted almost 23,000 people – eclipsing previous exhibitions focusing on Constable, Turner and … Continue reading

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From the Birmingham Post 1995

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