Posted by: travelrat | October 8, 2020


Last week, I mentioned the chimneys of the Algarve, and how they’d become a kind of status symbol. The higher and more ornate your chimney was, the higher your standing in the community … or, simply, the more wealthy you were. Even the more modern houses have them, although I suspect not all houses have open fires. You could make quite a study of them; maybe even produce a dissertation or thesis about them. But, I’m not going to do that; I’ll just post a few more pictures.

Chimneys are something we don’t seem to do in England any more. In our close of fourteen houses, built in the early 1980s, there’s just one with a chimney! However, in bygone days, they may have been regarded as a status symbol of sorts, it you lived in a bigger house. The number of chimneys might indicate the number of fireplaces, hence how well fixed you were. Even if you were tight-fisted enough not to light the fires in the servants’ quarters, at least, the number of chimneys indicated you could afford servants.

I see a big advantage of the English chimney over the Portuguese version, though. Santa Claus would have a much easier time getting down it!

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