By: Department 56 ®
With the age of Industrialization, the number of coal burning chimneys vastly increased across England, and so did the need for chimney sweeps. For a time after the transition to coal, small boys were sent up chimneys to scrape and brush flues. During Dickens` time, this practice was severely limited by law, and eventually outlawed altogether by Parliament. Joseph Glass was credited with revolutionizing the chimney sweep industry with inventions that eliminated the need for children, allowing sweeps to clean from the fireplace below or the chimney opening on the roof. Mechanical means of cleaning chimneys would have been used by Hampshire Sweeps. British folklore says that it is good luck for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day, and it is also good luck to shake hands with or to be blown a kiss by one - thus the Lucky Joe
sign on the side of the building.
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