BIRMINGHAM’S ONLY OLYMPIC LAWN TENNIS CHAMPION: JOHN BOLAND

This is an adjunct to my previous post about Cardinal John Henry Newman and Pope Benedict’s visit to Birmingham in 2010 to canonize Cardinal Newman

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BIRMINGHAM’S ONLY OLYMPIC TENNIS CHAMPION

Yesterday I was shopping in my home town of Bearwood to the west of Birmingham City Centre along the A456 Hagley Road going out towards junction 3 of the M5.

The drive out of Birmingham along the Hagley Road takes you through the leafy suburb of Edgbaston where Lawn Tennis was invented in the back garden of 8 Ampton Road back in 1859 by The Clerk to Birmingham Magistrates Major Harry Gem who played the first game of lawn tennis at the home of his Spanish friend Augurio Perera.

Further along the Hagley Road, near The Ivy Bush pub stands the Birmingham Oratory which was once a school which took in Birmingham orphans, following the Teachings of the Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, who founded The Oxford Movement and then turned to The Roman Catholic Faith.

Possibly the most famous orphan brought up by The…

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