The Lucky Chimney Sweep

chimneysweepChimney sweeps have long been associated with bringing good luck.

Folklore has it that around 200 years ago, it was a chimney sweep who saved the life of King George II. The king was travelling by horse and carriage when the animals became out of control.

A sweep was on the road at the time and legend has it he was the only one brave enough to put himself in harm’s way; bringing the horses under control in the process.

By Royal Decree the King proclaimed that all sweeps are good luck bearers and should be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day chimney sweepers are still invited to attend weddings and kiss the bride for good luck.

To see a sweep on a wedding day is taken as a sign of good luck for the happy couple.