Knockers-up: Waking up the workers in industrial Britain, 1900-1941

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The knocker-upper profession started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution, when alarm clocks were neither cheap nor reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. They would be paid a few pence a week to make the rounds and rouse workers, banging on their […]

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