Real Tennis at Leamington Spa

The Leamington Tennis Court Club was established in 1846 and Harry Gem joined in 1872.  The club is discreetly located at the heart of Royal Leamington Spa and here members may play tennis, squash rackets, rackets and fives. Click here…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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