Why Is Seeing A Chimney Sweep Lucky On Your Wedding Day?
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Wendy Chappell, Warrington.
After months of extensive research and communications with The British Museum, The National Archives, Kensington Palace and The Royal Archives, this is what we have been able to piece together about this very old tradition.
The earliest legend date back to 1066 and King William.
It is said, whilst out walking, the King strayed into the path of a runaway horse and carriage. By chance a passing sweep was able to push the King out of the way saving him from harm. The King wanting to express his gratitude and believing that the sweeps appearance had been luck, invited the sweep to the wedding of his daughter.
It is also claimed it was King William who permitted sweeps to wear high (top) hats, normally the reserve of the distinguished members of society. However, as "Top Hats" were only invented in the late 1700s, this part of the tale can be safely dismissed
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April Jones, Warrington.
A story of love at first sight.
Another story is whilst working on the roof, an unlucky sweep lost his footing and fell. Good luck intervened and his leg got trapped by the guttering. As he hung there, a young lady of the house saw him outside her window and acting swiftly, helped him get free and back into the building. The young couple felt an attraction for each other and soon married.
Sadly, no data has been found to support this charming little tale.
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Sarah Clark, Derbyshire.
Final, possibly most accurate account relates to an indecent with King George II
Back in the early 1700's, King George II was out riding when a growling dog appeared from nowhere and frightened his horse. The King lost control of the panic-struck horse but was aided by a passing sweep, who helped calm down the frightened animal.
As way of thanks, King George II declared henceforth, that all sweeps should be considered bringers of good luck and should be treated with honour and respect.
It is interesting to note to this end, it was not uncommon to see men bow and ladies curtsy to sweeps during the 19th century.
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Mark & Marie Ward, Burton upon Trent.
As you can see, exactly why it's considered lucky has been lost with the passing of time.
My intensive study has found no written Royal Decree to give us the true facts and some confusion as to which King George to credit. The instance with the horse is said to have happened between 1730 - 1740 which is during the reign King George II (1727-1760). But as the Top Hat came about in the 1770's, it is easy to see why some people would believe it could have been King George III (1760 - 1820)
No matter which of these stories you choose one simple folk law remains, seeing a chimney sweep at your wedding, shaking his hand and having him steal a kiss from the Bride will bring good luck.
Sadly as time has passed, this old tradition has all but died out, but for a hand full of sweeps who are still willing to attend weddings.
Now, thanks to the efforts of magician Cliff Cowling, this tradition is making a comeback and as Charlie Brush you can now have something totally unique, a Chimney Sweep to bring good luck and magical entertainment before the meal at your wedding reception.
“Many thanks for your outstanding appearance at our wedding! My Bride & guests loved it! A truly special time made even better by your magical presence. The photo will pass into family legend. Thank you for the cert & gift (they have pride of place!) We recommend you to all.”
Adrian & Janet Conroy, Dewsbury.