London, Sweep 1884. Mayhew reports that sweepers were a tight-knit community. Master sweepers often let rooms to families in the same trade. The climbing boys, often from the Workhouse, earned 2d or 3d a day, but were sometimes given an extra 6d by grateful householders. They climbed easily up through wide flues using their elbows and legs but often got stuck or nearly suffocated in narrow nine-inch chimneys.