In Britain, the first chimneys were built around the thirteenth century-the influence of the French conquerors spread the practice through the country quite fast. These early chimneys were much wider than their modern counterparts, so drawing them was generally a nicely easy task kept to the homeowners themselves. As the cities grew, so did a chimney sweeping industry to suit the new leisured classes, who did not appreciate getting soot on their precious coats.


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