Essex Stove and Chimneys are a family run business. We are now a third-generation company. Drawing on the many years of experience within the company we can help with any kind of fireplace or chimney issues.

After many years based in north London the family moved the business out to our present location on the edge of Epping forest. Here on the farm, we have room for our large stocks of original antique fireplaces. In our workshops we restore period items back to their former glory.

With the extra space we are also able to display a range of modern high spec stoves, these units all compliant the latest clean burn regulations.

Whilst we are proud of our history we are at the forefront of modern technology and qualification within the industry. The days of a chimney sweep turning up with a few rods and a brush are long gone, nowadays the use of CCTV cameras and pressure testing equipment is commonplace. We have even recently invested in a drone for aerial survey work. Essex stoves have taken to the air.

The thing we are most proud of is our commitment to training the next generation within the industry, we were involved in the first formal qualification within the industry from the very beginning and are happy to say as a company we now have three fully qualified chimney sweeps. Amazingly we have both the youngest and the oldest NVQ qualified sweeps in the country. We are also qualified HETAS and GAS SAFE installers.

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Meet the team.


John Dudley

John has been around fireplaces for as long as he can remember starting out by going out and about with Dave in the school holidays, not quite as young as the Victorian boys sent up the chimney but not far short! Fireplaces are all John’s has done for his entire working life so as you can imagine there is not much,

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Dave Dudley

After starting work at 15 with a 5-year apprenticeship on the gas board Dave decided to venture out in the world of antique fireplaces. (Some of which were modern when he started.)

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Jane Dudley

Jane managed to escape the family business upon leaving school and went and got a proper job! After a career in banking spanning 20 plus years, she got tired of running and joined the team. Jane takes care of all the paperwork and admin as that is not John’s forte at all, he is much better suited to being up to his neck in soot rather than paper.

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Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson

After realising that a career as a professional footballer was not going to happen, Sam joined us as an apprentice. Whilst not related We have known Little Sammy since before he was born with Sam’s dad being Johns best man. After working hard Sam Became the youngest NVQ qualified chimney sweep in the country. We all look forward to seeing how far he can go within the industry.

Will Dudley

Will Dudley

Will is our latest recruit to the team, he is 3rd generation in the business and the future lies with him (god help us all!) Will has just started him official training and will hopefully (COVID permitting) have his NVQ under his belt by the end of 2021. Will is also the tallest member of our team which does have its uses even if just for changing the light bulbs in the showroom!



Three year old Cooper is hands down the best looking of the team, but unfortunately not very good at chimney sweeping or installing stoves. Like most Boxers you’ll find him in one of two settings, Zoom mode, or snore mode, nothing in-between.

Much to John’s dismay Cooper finds himself at the top of the pecking order!

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Contact details

Please get in touch with us here at Essex Stoves and Chimneys by:

Sewardstone Hall Farm, London E4 7RH
  • Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 9am-4pm
  • Weekends By appointment
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