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 using a bamboo pole to rap at an upper window
Mary Smith of Limehouse Fields, who was known for using a pea shooter.
Caroline Jane (Granny) Cousins – you can read much about her at Dorset Ancestors.
The Old Wolf has spoken.