Chimney Sweep Act 175th Anniversary Thimble

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The 1840 Act was a British Act of Parliament passed to try to stop child labour. Boys as young as 6 were being used as chimney sweeps, some murdered by their Masters, because they hadn't cleaned a chimney properly. The murder of 9 year-old Valentine Gray forced the passing of the ‘Climbing Boys Act’, prohibiting any person under 21 being compelled or knowingly allowed to ascend or descend a chimney or flue for sweeping, cleaning or coring.

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The 1840 Act was a British Act of Parliament passed to try to stop child labour. Boys as young as 6 were being used as chimney sweeps, some murdered by their Masters, because they hadn't cleaned a chimney properly. The murder of 9 year-old Valentine Gray forced the passing of the ‘Climbing Boys Act’, prohibiting any person under 21 being compelled or knowingly allowed to ascend or descend a chimney or flue for sweeping, cleaning or coring.