Thomas Hewitt (The Lawyer):
London Lawyer, Thomas Hewitt had a summer residence at the Hoe on Lynton's North Walk. He used his legal skills to guide a Bill through Parliament and by October 1886 the 'Lynmouth Promenade, Pier & Lift Provisional Order' had received official sanction. Hewitt was a friend of George Newnes who stayed as a guest at the Hoe. within 24 hours of arriving at the Hoe, Newnes had agreed to put up most of the money for a Cliff Railway. Hewitt was also an investor in the project.