The fireplace is now dry, and we’ve had the chimney cleaned.
As the fireplace was drying it produced some cool patterns. You can see where the plaster is thickest by how it dried.
As for getting the chimney swept, it was over very quickly. I expected it to take several hours but it ended up being done within one hour. Messy, dirty work though. Lots of old, black soot and other detrius came tumbling out.
Now that the dirty work is complete we just need to get on with painting and get the stove installed. Not long now!