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Forgotton Birmingham – Pioneer of Lawn Tennis

image002Jewellery Quarter Research Group

Wimbledon owes its existence to Harry Gem
The Forgotten Mr Wimbledon who is buried at the Church of England Cemetery at Warstone Lane  

Wimbledon has its roots in a garden in Birmingham

It was in 1859 that lawn tennis pioneer Harry Gem and his friend JBA Perera first experimented with a game recognizably the forerunner of the modern game of lawn tennis.

Even the size of the modern-day tennis court is in direct correlation to the size of their garden.

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image003Harry Gem is one of many historically important people buried at Key Hill or Warstone Lane Cemetery.

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