You may have heard that chimney sweeps bring luck with them, and you wondered why a chimney sweep would be so lucky. At Mr. Smokestack, we are asked this question all of the time. Many Americans have not heard these legends as they all originated in Europe. In England, it is considered to be very lucky for the bride and groom to see a chimney sweep on their wedding day. Even more luck is passed along if a chimney sweep kisses the bride or shakes the groom’s hand. Our chimney sweeps have even more luck since we have the luck of the Irish with us to me, Robbie Markey, the owner of Mr. Smokestack and a native of Ireland. Luck is important to us, and we would like to share with you three legends of the luck of the chimney sweep for your reading enjoyment.
A Chimney Sweep Saves King George II of England
Dating back to the 1700’s, King George II was riding his horse in a procession down a London street. Suddenly, a growling dog appeared before the horse and scared the horse. The horse became out of control with fear, and during the horse’s frightened jumping, King George II lost his grip on the reins. A chimney sweep was the only man courageous enough to come out to help the king by grabbing the horse and calming the animal down. This act saved the king’s life. So grateful to the chimney sweep, King George II declared from this day forward all chimney sweeps were signs of future success and should be treated with respect. From then on in England, chimney sweeps have been a sign of good luck and fortune.
A Chimney Sweeps Saves the Life of King William of Britain
An even earlier legend than the one of King George II, in 1066 a chimney sweep saw a runaway carriage heading right towards King William of Britain, who was peacefully walking down the road. The chimney sweep rushed to push the king out of the way of the carriage and saved his life. In order to show his gratitude, he declared all chimney sweeps as good luck. King William even invited the life-saving chimney sweep to his daughter’s wedding. He wanted him as a wedding guest to be sure he would bring the bride and groom luck. This legend is why it is considered to be lucky to have a chimney sweep attend your wedding.
A Falling Chimney Sweep Also Falls in Love
In this undated tale that originated in Europe, a chimney sweep falls while working on the roof, but he is saved by his foot getting caught in the gutter, according to Good Luck Symbols. However, he is not completely safe as he is left dangling upside down. A young woman who lived in the house heard the commotion and looked out of her window to see the chimney sweep hanging upside down in front of the window. Extremely determined, she saved the chimney sweep’s life by pulling him inside through the window. Although this young woman was engaged to be married, she fell in love at first sight with the chimney sweep, as did he. She broke off her engagement and married the chimney sweep. They lived happily ever after, which started the legend of a chimney sweep being a lucky charm for love and happiness.
So we are chimney sweeps and Irish, a combination of double luck! We even use the shamrock in our logo. Contact Mr. Smokestack to find out more about these lucky legends.