Expert Chimney Sweeping and Stove Installations in Woking, Guildford and surrounding areas
Professional, experienced and reliable family owned chimney sweep in Woking, Surrey and Hampshire:
Hawkes Chimney Specialists are a highly professional, father-son business with over 15 years combined experience, that you can depend on when it comes to chimney services in and around
With 30 years experience in the fire service, we know only too well the importance of a well maintained fireplace to prevent deadly chimney fires. So whether it be for a chimney sweep, HETAS approved stove installation or pot/cowl/guard fitting and replacement, you can count on our knowledge and experience to provide a personal high-value service for you and your property, driven by our commitment to cooperating with our clients and meeting all their requirements.
At Hawkes Chimneys:
History of chimney sweeping
In the United Kingdom, the master sweeps took apprentices, who were boys from the workhouse or bought from their parents. Boys as young as four were trained to climb hot flues that could be as narrow as 9 inches square. Work was dangerous and they could get jammed in the flue, suffocate or burn to death. As the soot was a carcinogen, and the soot sacks the boys slept under were rarely washed, they were prone to Chimney Sweeps Cancer.
From 1775 onwards there was increasing concern for the welfare of the boys, and Acts of Parliament were passed to restrict, and in 1875 to stop this usage. Lord Shaftesbury, the philanthropist, led the later campaign to end children being used as 'chimney climbers'.
In the United States, children were hired from their owners and used in the same way, and were still climbing after 1875. Whilst in the German States master sweeps belonged to trade guilds and did not use climbing boys. In the rest of Europe climbing boys were used up to 1875.
Fortunately for my children we now use rods and brushes instead of making them climb inside chimneys.
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