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Mary Smith - knocker upper
« on: Thursday 11 July 19 14:23 BST (UK) »
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 11 July 19 14:32 BST (UK) »
Gadget "We were that poor we had to collect the dried peas fired by the knocker-upper for the soup!  ;D

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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 11 July 19 16:06 BST (UK) »
I'd understood from old people ( when I was a lot younger) that a "knocker-upper" operated to waken people in time to get to the Mills, by tapping on an upstairs window with a wooden pole? Never heard of a pea-shooter.
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 11 July 19 17:17 BST (UK) »
Yes, a long pole with sometimes a wire on the end ,to sort of scratch at the glass,if that got no response then the pole was tapped on  the glass.
I think the knocker upper near  us was also the lamplighter and lampturner offer,hence the wire,
There were still lots of gas lamps well into the 1960’s.
A nice young man near us  always took it upon himself to climb up and turn the gas light on,as there were two sisters who were both blind living in our street .
He worried if the lamp  was not lit in time they might bump into it.
He was not in mainstream school but was a gifted concertina player and entertained the long queue
waiting on Friday nights after the cinemas had finished,for fish and chips.
Do you know I can hear him now playing Nelly Dean,a ‘ “chucking out “song in the local hostelries.
It all comes flooding back.
Knocker Upper, what a super  job description,
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 11 July 19 17:30 BST (UK) »
We had a knocker up - a lovely man.
I can remember my mother shouting ‘right, Jimmy’ at half past five in the morning!
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 11 July 19 17:37 BST (UK) »
Gosh, why didn't they invent the town siren?  We had one in our town.  As I recall, it sounded at 7 am.
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 11 July 19 23:00 BST (UK) »
Because that would have woken up people who were on different shifts,some just going to sleep from a night’s work.
Not everyone started work at six o’clock.
Not even in the same house.
Children would if at school probably not get up until Seven thirty or eight.
The knocker upper could be much more selective,knowing the sleeping arrangements of their clients.
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Re: Mary Smith - knocker upper
« Reply #8 on: Friday 12 July 19 00:19 BST (UK) »
I think the knocker upper near  us was also the lamplighter and lampturner offer,hence the wire,
There were still lots of gas lamps well into the 1960’s.
The last occupation on a census of a 3xGGF was lamplighter.
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