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Re: Apprenticeship records
If you go on the national archives site and put in Lyde of Sidmouth, lots of information comes up. Dates and names would be useful to you, a will of a Thomas Lyde of Sidmouth is at Plymouth record office , Using family search site I found 2 Thomas Lyde deaths, one in 1842, one 1823, both Sidmouth burials, possibly in the churchyard. and 2 marriages, Thomas L marrying Elizabeth Woolcott 14.2.1782 Sidmouth, and another Thomas L marrying 22.3. 1782 another Elizabeth at Sidbury, which is not far away, so could be possible.
Samuel Lyde buried Salcombe Regis, adjacent parish 1850.
Hope this helps.