Granny Cousins, Poole's last "knocker upper"
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The people who 'knocked up' workers in the morning

Before there were alarm clocks, many workers paid for people to knock on their windows to wake them up in the morning.

Every day "knocker uppers" across Britain would use implements such as long fishing rod-like sticks, soft hammers, rattles and even pea shooters to get people up.

"Knocker uppers" were so common that they even spawned folk songs, but their trade died out as electricity and alarm clocks became more widespread.

  • 27 Mar 2016
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