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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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Grave restoration – step three

The York stone plinth is now in position. All that remains now is to build the superstructure, once the original ledger stone has been engraved with Ellen Maria’s details and the side panel with the dedication to Gem and Perera … Continue reading

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Grave restoration – step one

On the morning of Tuesday 9th October the team from Midland Conservation lifted the ledger stone and removed it off site. The details of Ellen Maria, Thomas Henry Gem’s wife, are to be engraved on the stone as she is … Continue reading

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Appeal has raised £8,000 of the £10,000 target

Our appeal for funds to restore Harry’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham has reached £8,000 and we send our grateful thanks to all the organisations and individuals who have given so genereously. We have launched a Crowdfunder campaign to … 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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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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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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