Additional InformationA Merrie Sweepe was established in 1983 when Bob and Merrie Warner realized that their teaching salaries, even combined, were not enough! Bob, who is also a Presbyterian minister, was teaching 5th grade in Rye. Merrie, with an elementary education degree, was running the Head Start program in Portsmouth. Originally picturing only a part time enterprise, Bob started A Merrie Sweepe out of the back (and the roof) of his old 1970 Volvo station wagon! With 20' ladders, the Volvo was, indeed, a striking sight as Bob's top hat started gracing the Seacoast skylines. About the time the Volvo frame gave way a few months later from all the weight, Bob started buying vans and hiring staff. 31 years later, A Merrie Sweepe Chimney Service, Inc. has become the largest and one of the best respected chimney service companies in New Hampshire, now employing 10 full time and 3 part time staff, with specialties in chimney cleaning, lining, masonry repair, prefab chimney installations and stove and fireplace installations. Merrie, who originally gave her name, blessing and ideas to the new venture, now helps "command an empire" from the Warner home office in Rye.