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Re: Apprenticeship records
If you Google ("Thomas Lyde" Sidmouth) you will find a number of entries in that name. There is a funerary monument in St Nicolas with St Giles to Thomas Lyde, dated 1825. There is also reference to a Thomas Lyde, jnr appointed as a trustee of a charity in 1791, and several other mentions that suggest a person of status and influence. Of course not easy to confirm it as the same person in which you are interested.