“Knocker ups” used to walk the street in the morning and wake people up by shooting peas at their windows. They earned a good 6 pence a week doing this.

“Knocker ups” used to walk the street in the morning and wake people up by shooting peas at their windows. They earned a good 6 pence a week doing this.

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A click of a knocker up on duty
A knocker up on duty

They worked in East London in the 1930s and apparently, never overslept. 

Several knocker ups worked during the Industrial Revolution as even then, most alarm clocks were either too expensive or unreliable. 

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