Description: It is lucky to meet a chimney sweep by chance; make a wish when you see a sweep and it will come true; It is good luck for a bride to see a chimney sweep on the day of her wedding.
Origin: Britain, 19th Century
This is more than just some back-story from 'Mary Poppins' - in 19th century England and Ireland it was a common custom to bow or take off your hat three time when passing a chimney sweep in the street. This may have also been out of sympathy for what was probably the worst job in the whole of the Industrial Revolution.
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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