Come knock me up tomorrow morning, I’ll give ye sixpence!

Sounds terrible, right? Not over in the UK. “A knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.” (Wikipedia)

Knocker-up

Knocker-up using a bamboo pole to rap at an upper window

Mary Smith of Limehouse Fields

Mary Smith of Limehouse Fields, who was known for using a pea shooter.

breakfast-s-ready

Caroline Jane (Granny) Cousins – you can read much about her at Dorset Ancestors.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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One response to “Come knock me up tomorrow morning, I’ll give ye sixpence!

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