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CLIP 7887

Victorian Chimney Sweep: Climbing Boys (audio)

Victorian Chimney Sweep: Climbing Boys (audio)

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Key Info
  • Victorian Chimney Sweep: Climbing Boys (audio)
  • Duration: 4:42
  • A mini-drama about the life of a young Victorian chimney sweep. Charlie is another of the children sleeping rough at Billingsgate Market. He explains how he started out at Covent Garden, where his father was a street act with a special trick. But one day it all goes wrong and Charlie is left an orphan. Charlie spends a final night in the cramped lodging house where he lived with his father. A boy there offers to help Charlie find a job as a sweeper, only to steal Charlie's jacket. Then a passing sweep spots Charlie and seeing that he's about the right size to become a 'climbing boy' offers Charlie a job working with him. Charlie then recounts his early experiences as a chimney sweep – the constant choking from soot, the cramped spaces, the painful knees and elbows, the fear of being trapped.
  • Subject:



    Victorians: Child Labour

  • Keywords: Chimney sweep, soot, smoke, School Radio, schoolradio
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Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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