They were also not supposed to send a kid into a chimney that was on fire.
In 1964, the film “Mary Poppins” was released starring Julie Andrews in the title job plus Dick Van Dyke as the loveable chimney sweep “Bert”. The rooftop scenes with the pair singing “Chim Chim Cheree” truly painted a rosier picture than what real “sweeps” had to endure until the late 1710s. Chimneys were often too small for adults so children as young as six, usually orphans or those sold by parents, were the toil source for this sooty dangerous task. Some children were made apprentices under a “master sweep”. Her obligations, aside from teaching the “trade”, were to supply a yearly bath, presumably on Saturday evening, to allow the young workers to attend Saturday services. They were also not supposed to send a kid into a chimney that was on fire. As dreary as their existence was, the chimney sweep plus the girl plus girl “climbers” can be considered early workers in the Heating plus Air Conditioning industry before the A/C section was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier! Fireplace chimneys work by creating a draught of rising tepid air that detachs smoke plus gases from the building plus disperses them into the atmosphere, however many houses still have them plus aside from added warmth, they supply that holiday feeling with the “yule log” gently burning as the weather outside turns frightful. I don’t suppose a remake of Mary Poppins based in current afternoons would work. An Heating plus Air Conditioning professional plus a suburban babysitter singing a song titled “Duct Duct Duree” is simply not as attractive as the magic that “Bert” plus “Mary” brought to the screen. A qualified Heating plus Air Conditioning professional may, however, be able to refer you to a chimney cleaning service that thankfully, will not involve a soot-covered kid shimmying up into your chimney.