Chimney Sweepers Act 1875

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The Chimney Sweepers Act 1875 was a British Act of Parliament that superseded the Chimney Sweepers and Chimneys Regulation Act 1840 passed to try to stop child labour. The Bill was proposed by Lord Shaftesbury, triggered by the death of twelve-year-old George Brewster whose master had caused him to climb and clean the chimney at Fulbourn Hospital.

The 1840 Act prohibited any person under 21 being compelled or knowingly allowed to ascend or descend a chimney or flue for sweeping, cleaning or coring.[1] This Act ensured all chimney-sweeps would be registered with the police, an official supervision of their work would take place.[2] The provisions of all previous acts would now take place.[3]

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  1. ^ "History of the English Chimney Sweep". Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Children and Chimneys". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Strange, 1982 & 80