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Large Firebelly Stove Swept in Tindon End

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Large Firebelly Stove Swept in Tindon End

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I recently swept this large Firebelly Stove in Tindon End. The stove was in a recently refurbished 15th Century farmhouse. A really beautiful property in a fantastic secluded location. But guess what? The lounge were the stove is situates is completely carpeted in white carpet;

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An Unusual Blockage Found in a Chimney in Ashdon

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An Unusual Blockage Found in a Chimney in Ashdon

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I swept the pictured chimney at an address in Ashdon recently, using manual rods and brush; when I came across an obstruction two thirds of the way up the chimney. As I withdrew the rods a number of twigs and bits of nest material came

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Dead people found inside chimneys?

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Dead people found inside chimneys?

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I found this interesting if somewhat morbid article in the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Monthly newsletter and I thought I would share it with my customers. I hope everyone finds it interesting??? The most I have ever found up chimney besides soot are dead

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A Very Dirty Chimney Swept

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A Very Dirty Chimney Swept

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I swept this chimney last week and was horrified to see the quantity of material that was extracted; I won’t mention were this was for obvious reasons. But as can be seen from the photograph, it was extremely dirty. The chimney was constructed of clay

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Boxing Hares with a Fox Watching on in Walberswick

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Boxing Hares with a Fox Watching on in Walberswick

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Its about time I posted another thatched animal, this time three for the price of one, which I saw on a roof in Walberswick. It looks to me like Mr Fox is creeping up on those two hares, who are so intent on their boxing

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Birds Nest Removed from an Inglenook Chimney in Castle Camps

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Birds Nest Removed from an Inglenook Chimney in Castle Camps

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Last week I removed a rook’s nest from an inglenook chimney at this house outside of castle camps and on the way to Helions Bumpstead. I’m wishing now that I had taken a photo from the top of the scaffolding as the views of the

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Dovre Combination Stove Recently Condemned in Felsted

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Dovre Combination Stove Recently Condemned in Felsted

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I recently had to condemn this Dovre Combination Stove at a house just outside Felsted, Essex. The home-owner had no idea how long the stove had been in situe as it had been in place when he had bought the property some time ago. The

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Fox and Cub Chasing a Hare – More Thatched Animals

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Fox and Cub Chasing a Hare – More Thatched Animals

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A bit of a lighter note this week; yes, it’s time for some more thatched animals. This offering
appears to be a female fox and her cub chasing a hare along the ridge of this cottage.
Trouble is, it is quite some time since I

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Unusual Woodwarm Stove Swept in Ashdon

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Unusual Woodwarm Stove Swept in Ashdon

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I came across this rather unusual Woodwarm Stove in a house in Ashdon and thought that it would be interesting to use in the blog; particularly because of its unusual shape. To be honest I have not come across many stoves that are designed and

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Birds Nest and Very Dirty Chimney – Radwinter

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Birds Nest and Very Dirty Chimney – Radwinter

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A local job this week in one of the Alms Houses in Radwinter. The customer is having a Wood-Burning Stove fitted in June and required a pre-installation sweep. However, she had never used the chimney as she knew there was a very old, redundant rook’s

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