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date: 29 March 2020

Webb, Matthew [known as Captain Webb]locked

(1848–1883)
  • Charles Sprawson

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Webb, Matthew [known as Captain Webb] (1848–1883), swimmer, was born on 18 January 1848 at Dawley, Shropshire, one of a family of twelve children of Matthew Webb (1813–1876), a country doctor, and his wife, Sarah. By the age of eight he had learned to swim in the ...

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