Knocker-up

Before the days of alarm clocks, workers especially those in areas where there were mills were often woken by a rap on the window from the knocker-up.

The knocker up often worked for particular mills to make sure employees turned up on time.

They would get up at early dawn and patrol the streets carrying a 14ft pole that they would use to tap on a bedroom window.

A knocker-up would make up to 50 calls on a round and was paid around a penny a visit when there were 240 pennies in a pound.

He would normally finish at about 6am then go home for breakfast before heading to his own day job.