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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566633451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566633451
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intriguing social history. -- Peter Reading Times Literary Supplement A lively social history, full of meticulous research. Fires and Fireplaces A fascinating piece of industrial and social history. Herts Advertiser The art of chimney sweeping is examined in detail for the first time in Benita Cullingford's lively and fascinating book...this definitive work makes extremely interesting reading. Best Of British Impressive...delightful... An absolute must. -- Martin Glynn, NACS President Well researched... Enlivened by anecdotes and intriguing glimpses of a sweep's life. -- G. D. M. Frizelle, University of Cambridge

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Benita Cullingford is a teacher of speech and drama, whose fascination with the history of chimney sweeps has led to the publication of many articles on the subject. She is writing a television drama series about eighteenth-century chimney sweeps and has given lectures on women traders. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, and is married with two daughters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Webster on 1 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This was purchased for a family member who is actually a chimney sweep and he was delighted with the gift and advises it contains some very interesting facts and stories - even for those not in the trade - and he would recommend as a good read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Sutton on 1 Sep 2010
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This is a widely researched book that looks at all aspects of the Chimney Sweep, including chapters on chimney development and the soot trade. The job of sweeping chimneys is examined from the 12th century onwards, with specific sections on the 18th and 19th century Master Sweeps, Apprentices and Women Chimney Sweeps. Legislation, machinery, sweeps in fable and literature are also covered in some detail. I bought this book because I have Chimney Sweep ancestors and it has proved invaluable in understanding the working life of of my 19th century forebears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on 15 Dec 2010
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This is a 'must-read' for all chimney sweeps and anyone interested in the history of chimney sweeping. An excellent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Redhart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
Format: Paperback
This an extremely interesting survey of an age-old job. Not my typical kind of read, admittedly, although my son Horace knows what a fan I had been of "Sooty and Sweep" back in the old days (before it had even occurred to anybody how jaw-droppingly racist the antics of a little yellow bear and a squeaking grey dog might appear to ethnic minorities). Or, at least, that's the only immediate reason I can think of as to why I might have received this as a gift from him on my last Birthday. Anyhow, notoriously dangerous as the work tended to be in earlier times, you'd have to needed to be as mad as a bucket to have volunteered for this particular career! With this knowledge in mind, they very wisely assigned the majority of the work to young street urchins- whose lives were of little to no national importance. Still, as I learned, the sheer number of deaths was often "swept" under the carpet.

Rather than this single broad survey of the profession, personally I would perhaps have preferred to see a series of separate volumes. Such an approach might have permitted certain matters to have been covered in a little more detail, rather than "brushed" over. Still, all in all, if you're not adverse to a "sweeping generalisation" or two then you'll find plenty to enjoy!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cleansweep on 12 Oct 2011
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I feel cheated. it is new cover on an old book. I was not pleased when I opened it and realised I already owned it
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