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Venom actor Tom Hardy's weird King's Lynn connection

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Using records found on Find My Past, people have discovered details of the interesting life of actor Tom Hardy's great-great-grandfather, Edward Joseph Egmore and the family he left behind.

Tom Hardy is probably best known for the two Venom films (Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage), part of the Spider-Man film universe and cash juggernaut.

He also starred in The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson, Inception, Dunkirk and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Tom Hardy is to appear in a week-long Bedtime Stories special (34038400)
Tom Hardy is to appear in a week-long Bedtime Stories special (34038400)

The actor is related to two Norfolk men with a colourful past. One of those men spent time in Lynn Gaol after committing theft (of a horse no less).

Lynn Gaol was the town's jail, and is now part of the Stories of Lynn tour. It is situated on the Saturday Market Place.

Find My Past have said: "Born in 1849, Edward was the son of Randal Egmore, a Norfolk based Hatter and Methodist Preacher who died aged 48, probably as a result of years of breathing in the toxic mercury fumes associated with hat production.

Gaol House in King's Lynn (34966080)
Gaol House in King's Lynn (34966080)

"Edward would become a commercial traveller, selling stationery and other provisions. He seems to have thrived in the role, spending his twenties travelling and selling, and was still doing so into his early thirties.

"The 1871 Census records him staying in a boarding house in London and in 1881 he is still listed as an unmarried 'Traveller in Stationery' and is staying with his mother.

"On one of his trips back to Norwich around 1882, Edward met a young housemaid named Elizabeth Hardy and she became pregnant by him.

"This news appeared to be unwelcomed by Edward and Elizabeth had the baby without his support, leaving the father's name blank on the baptism register."

William Sidney Egmore born in 1802, was another one of Hardy's relatives on his paternal great-great grandfather's side and worked as a Postilion in Norfolk (an outrider on a large train of horses pulling a wagon or stage coach) and an Ostler (working in a Coaching Inn or Tavern).

In 1835 William was charged with stealing a Gelding worth £5 an apt crime for someone who looked after horses for a living.

William Egmore was convicted, and sentenced to transportation for life for a first offence. He was sent to Lynn Gaol for holding.

We wonder if the popular star knows about his Norfolk and Lynn connections?

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