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Sunday, 30 March 2014


The chimney was adopted in Europe of  removing smoke and fumes from living quarters in the 13th century in Europe.

In 16th century England chimneys were a status symbol. Burghley House in Lincolnshire had 76.

By 1630 Chimneys, which previously were only built in larger houses were becoming more common. This was prompted by the increasing use of coal instead of wood for the domestic hearth and increasing availability of bricks to build them.

To save money on chimney-sweeps, skint Victorians used to push a live goose down their chimneys.

Britain's tallest chimney, at 850 feet (259m), is at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire. The biomass and coal-fired plant supplies seven per cent of all electricity in the country.

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