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Before Alarm Clocks There Were ‘Knocker-Uppers’

Before Alarm Clocks There Were ‘Knocker-Uppers’


Before alarm clocks were invented, the working people of London and other British cities relied on others to make sure they were awake in time to get ready for work. These reliable people were known as “knocker-uppers”. In an interview with Great Big Story, London historian Richard Jones explained what the knocker-uppers did, how they did it and who woke them up when they needed to be at work.

One reply on “Before Alarm Clocks There Were ‘Knocker-Uppers’”

Throw an object at the knocker-upper and they’ll come back in nine minutes.

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