Dangerous: Child chimney sweeps often had to crawl through holes only 18in wide - and cruel masters would light fires to make them climb faster. Many fell to their deaths

Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Yet, says a new book, their misery helped forge Britain

Chimney sweep, before child labor laws outlawed the work of such young children. The men and women who worked tirelessly to pass the child labor laws allowed these children a chance to go to school.

Climbing boy. Usually bought from the workhouse as an apprentice

Caption: "These children were subjected to horrible conditions as young chimney sweeps.

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Chimney Sweep Children...they were hired to clean chimneys because of their small size if you couldn't afford a chimney sweep you would use a live goose.

Children of Poverty: Chimney Sweep Children.they were hired to clean chimneys because of their small size.

Vintage postcard - Best Wishes for the New Year - Chimney Sweep in Snow

Vintage postcard - Best Wishes for the New Year - Chimney Sweep in Snow

London in the 1920's-chimney sweep.  I cried in Mary Poppins when they left. I desperately wanted to be one

Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

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A Kay Nielsen illustration for the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep

enchantingimagery: We’ll mount so high that they can’t catch us, and quite at the top there’s a hole that leads out into the wide world. A Kay Nielsen illustration for the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep My scan.

Love the brushes.

The Poor Life of An Apprentice Chimney Sweep - The History of .

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