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Chimneys and Chimney Sweeps (Shire Album) [Paperback]

Benita Cullingford
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1 April 2003 Shire Album
Chimney sweeping is an ancient trade dating from the twelfth century. This social history, covering five centuries, draws on source material from original manuscripts and autobiographies by master sweeps. Reference is made to the origin, development, demise and subsequent reinstatement of the chimney, the sweeping of which became central to a controversy lasting one hundred years. The book deals with all aspects of the trade the lives sweeps led, the difficulties their apprentices encountered, the way they worked and the invention of sweeping 'machines'.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747805539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747805533
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 16 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping through the ages 11 Sep 2007
This fascinating book tells the social history of this ancient trade that dates from the twelfth century. The author draws on material from original manuscripts and autobiographies by master sweeps as well as other studies. It discusses the five chimney sweeping acts and the role of the journeyman, apprentices and master sweeps and the industry of soot, a byproduct producing good money for the master sweep something I had never been aware of. The chapters deal with the development of chimneys, early chimney sweeping, the eighteenth century, the early nineteenth century, the victorian era and the twentieth century. There are plenty of good illustrations and good photographs all in black and white. This really is a fascinating little book and well worth it's tiny retail price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chimneys and Chimney Sweeps (Shire Album) 21 Oct 2013
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for me this was very interesting as my fathers family way back to 1749 as far as i can find out, were chimney sweeps until the 1950s when my grandad died, my dad took over for a while then gave it up as coal fires were replaced by gas/electric.etc.as did his 2 cousins who had still been doing the job. to anyone else... you need to be interested in 19th century chimney sweeps for this book to interest you.
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