WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP was established in 1895 by Tom Wilkins in Newbury, Berkshire. At that time he used a bicycle with his brush and rods strapped to the cross bar. Understandably he covered a rather smaller area than we do now.
The business was passed from Tom Wilkins to his son Bill. Bill had three daughters, none of whom wanted to be chimney sweeps, but his son-in-law, Frank Shurey (husband to Gloria) took up the reigns. The photograph here was taken for the centenary of the business in 1995. Frank and Gloria’s son chose not to continue in the family business and the business was sold in 1998 to Peter Harris who had been helping Frank part-time for a number of years. Peter expanded the business in 2006 taking on a full time employee in the Newbury area.
In 2011, Peter, and his wife Louise, franchised WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP to expand the business whilst still maintaining the quality for which we are known so as to provide the rest of the UK with trained, professional ‘WILKINS’ chimney sweeps.
We still uphold the traditional values and our sweeping practices remain the same. However, we now use a vacuum to complement the traditional rods and brushes, and we travel by van not bicycle!
We sweep chimneys all year round and, in addition, we also offer cage, cap and cowl fitting, as well as removing bird’s nests and providing a CCTV survey service in some areas.
Nationally we offer a discount to all serving members of the UK Armed Forces. Other local groups may also be offered a discount – please ask your local WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP .
Look out for our distinctive WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP vans with their smart black, white and yellow livery.