The History of Chimney Sweeps

Do you want to know about the history of Chimney Sweeps? A brief online search can give you some great information about chimney sweeps. Before we go through their history, we must first know what a chimney sweep actually is. Chimney sweeps are the specialists that maintain and clean chimneys in order to keep them safe for use. If you’ve seen Mary Poppins, you may wonder where the top hats and tails come from.  As the story goes, they got their clothing as cast-offs from funeral directors, which they thought would give an air of distinction to an otherwise dirty job. The chimney sweeps outfit is black because it helped to distinguish the dirt and dust. Needless to say, the life of an early chimney sweep was difficult indeed.

Chimney sweeps of the 1700’s and 1800’s was not a good thing for little girls and boys, because they worked as indentured servants to their sweep master. The work of a chimney sweep is hard, and they would climb up, inside the chimney, brush the flue, and lastly poke their head out of the chimney top in order to complete their task. A chimney sweep is known to give good luck to couples on their wedding day. If you have the chance to see a chimney sweep and even shake their hand, legend states that your life and marriage will have great luck. Chimney sweeps these days are invited to weddings for those that enjoy celebrating this myth that they secretly believe to be true and it will be a good start to a happy and abundant married life. If you want to know more about the history of chimney sweeps and their lives, you can visit Wikipedia, and there you will find out about the life of a sweep.

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