As a new Lyme History Walks season begins one of my favourite characters who I most enjoy introducing to visitors is Thomas Coram.  Even many Londoners are unaware of who he is and the extraordinary contribution he made to 18th Century social progress. Born the son of a sea captain in Combe Street here in Lyme at the end of the 16th century, he went to sea at an early age and made his fortune as a merchant and shipwright in the New World.

In later years he decided to return to his home country...

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