Category: Birmingham

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…

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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…

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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 just…

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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…

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Grave restoration – step two

Footings in ready for constructuon of the new grave architecure once work is completed in the workshop.

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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…

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Grave restoraton commissioned

At long last, with sufficient monies raised, the restoration work has been commissioned via Midland Conservation Limited. A site meeting was held recently and materials ordered. The ledger stone should be lifted early in October and taken into the workshop…

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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…

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