Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society, informally known as The Archery and based in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England, is the oldest lawn tennis club in the world.

The club was founded as an archery club called the Edgbaston Archery Society in 1860 following a meeting at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, and the club moved to its current premises next to Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 1867.

The game itself was developed by Harry Gem and his friend Augurio Perera in Edgbaston between 1859 and 1865, and Gem was a member of The Archery from 1864 to 1869.

Harry and his friend Augurio Perera were rackets players and wanted to devise an outdoor game that didn’t involve the cost of maintaining a building. The game they invented dates back to as early as 1859, played in the garden of Perera’s home in Ampton Road, Edgbaston. At first, they called it Pelota after a Spanish game played still today mostly in the Basque region.

The Archery’s fixture card for 1875 shows that tennis has been well-established by this date, which makes The Archery the oldest still to survive.

According to the Wikipedia