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?