Wickford's Lady Chimney Sweep

By Jo Cullen

Reading the Echo today about a woman who has started a business in Westcliff as a chimney sweep, brought back memories of a conversation I had a few years ago with one of the old residents of Wickford.

He told me that a lady chimney sweep used to live in a small cottage just behind the houses on London Road in Woodlands Road. The photo below shows a small cottage that fits the description I was given.

He told me that sweeps were in demand as guests at local weddings as it was thought to be lucky.

Does anyone remember 'our lady chimney sweep' or have any photos of her?




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This page was added by Jo Cullen on 17/06/2014.
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Yes I remember the lady chimney sweep, although when working she looked a bit tomboyish. She used to be outside the secondary school in Market Road in the late 40s and she had a motorbike and sidecar, or was it a pushbike and sidecar? She had daughter who was tall with blonde hair and one leg, she had crutches. I believe they were related to Monya and Sheila Saunders who lived in Runwell Road.

By bobcroot
On 27/01/2016

The lady chimney sweep was a Mrs Wren.

By bobcroot
On 27/01/2016

Yes, I remember Mrs Wren, she always came to sweep our chimneys in the 1940s and 50s.

By Pam Kernick
On 10/02/2016
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