Chimney sweep
(1,250 words)

1. Origins and early examples

The profession of chimney sweep (German Kaminfeger; also: Kaminkehrer; South German for Italian spazzacamino; Old Bavarian Kümich-/Künikehrer, east of the Inn Rauchfangkehrer, North German Schlotfeger and Schornsteinfeger, Middle German and Saxon also Essenkehrer[3. 232 f.]) emerged in the course of the early modern era. As stone construction spread, along with multistorey houses and the use of black coal fo…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Chimney sweep”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021865>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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