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Sweeping through the ages,
This review is from: Chimneys and Chimney Sweeps (Shire Album) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 11 Feb 2011 17:14:08 GMT
Hope all is OK with you weatherwitch, I have been reading your reviews and note nothing since 2007. Sorry for all your troubles.
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