Calthorpe Residents Society

Representing residents in the High Court on the creation of The Calthorpe Estate Scheme of Management (which applies to freeholders resident on the Calthorpe Estate, Edgbaston, see below) made under the Leasehold Reform Act. Substantial amendments were achieved including the removal of a clause empowering Calthorpe Estates (the Estates) to acquire back leasehold property when required by the Estates for redevelopment. In acknowledgement of the strength of our case, 80% of the legal costs of the Society were awarded by the Court to the Society. The Society’s plea to the City to designate a conservation area within Edgbaston resulted in a public exhibition and consultation, following which a major portion of the Calthorpe Estate was designated as a conservation area in 1978 and twice extended. The Edgbaston Conservation Area has the distinction of being the largest urban conservation area within the United Kingdom. In 1980 we joined with the City and the Victorian Society at a public enquiry into the proposed demolition of Chad Valley, a Grade 2 listed Victorian building in Westbourne Road, and its replacement by 30 flats. The building was sympathetically restored and has been in use since that time. By lobbying parliament, including taking a deputation Westminster to see the Housing Minister, the law was eventually changed extending the original narrow rateable value limit, thus allowing more properties to be enfranchised (i.e. become freehold). The Society contributed to the making of a plaque for placing on Fairlight, 8 Ampton Road, to commemorate the first game of lawn tennis played in the garden there in 1865 between Harry Gem, a local solicitor and his friend Augurio Perera, a Spanish businessman. The plaque was unveiled in June 1982 by the President of the Lawn Tennis Association. The event attracted national interest with articles in The Birmingham Post, The Times and The Daily Mail.

Edward Richard Taylor, 1838-1912 art teacher and William Howson Taylor, 1876-1935 potter, lived here

26 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

In 1865 the game of Lawn Tennis was originated and played here by Major T. H. Gem solicitor and sportsman and J. B. A. Perera merchant

8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom