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Knocker Up   Views: 6373
Knocker Up   Comments: 17
Photo: Ron Hunt   Item #: 577  
Knocker Up
  A knocker-upper, location unknown, but taken in the North of England.  

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Comments by Gareth, 22nd February 2008  
Who woke the knocker-upper up??

Comments by protect the innocent, 26th October 2008  
One twenty year old girl from Stanley Street, Scholes told her Canadian relatives she used to get knocked up every morning by this man.
They did not know whether to be shocked or full of admiration.This phrase has a totally different meaning in North America

Comments by joan barnes, 27th August 2009  joanmarybarnes@hotmail.co.uk 
when I was a little girl I remember the knocker up he used to live in Platt Lane Scholes and every morning around 5 he would come knocking my dad up for work those were the days ah ah

Comments by hilly, 8th September 2009  
Joan, can you recall any more information about the knocker up from Platt Lane ? My Grandfather, William Hill, lived in Platt Lane. He went to the Somme battlefields in 1916, aged about 27 yrs, and was wounded badly. He was discharged from the army, and was employed as a knocker up ( On his death certificate he is described as a railway knocker ). Any info would be welcome for my family history research.

Comments by wendy, 31st August 2010  wendtwilliams@gmx.co.uk 
dosr anyone remember my great uncle tommy heyes he was a knocker-upper around wigan

Comments by terry, 19th January 2011  
it was the knocker uppers knocker upper who woke the knocker upper up ??? then again who woke him! ???

Comments by Albert E Short, 26th January 2011  albertshort@virginmedia.com 
When I was in the Wigan Borough Police,in the late 50s. early morning working round Scholes,a knocker up lady knocked the panel out of a front door using a hammer. the householder went mad as she was knocking up at the wrong house

Comments by Albert E Short, 28th January 2011  albertshort@virginmedia.com 
hilly refers to railway knockers. When the Maypole Colliery closed in the 50s. My Uncle Albert got a job at Springs Branch.After getting steam up, on the locomotives,his next job was to pedal to various parts of Wigan, in all sorts of weather. Knocking up drivers and firemen. Who would do that today?.

Comments by David Simm, 8th April 2012  
Oh my goodness I can hear the sound of clogs on the pavement as the miner's rush off to the bus stop, I must have been about four years old when I last saw a scene like this, this and the lamp lighter roaming through the streets.

Comments by alan, 4th July 2012  
My uncle,George Lambert who lived in Scot Lane Newtown was a Knocker up He had a bike with an L.M.S.name plate on.
I remember him during the 1940'S

Comments by Alan, 5th July 2012  
Further to my previous comment.My uncle George Lambert is described as a "CALL-MAN" on his daughters marriage certificate in 1945. Is this the correct term for a knocker-up ???

Comments by joe tighe, 24th April 2013  joe71leitighe@hotmail.co.uk 
the knocker up man in the forties and fifties,in the hardybutts area was pat o'tool.he was very persistant

Comments by kenneth just, 21st January 2014  kjust37@btinternet.com 
any one remember little harry ashton lamp lighter and knocker up newtown area knocked to hard one morning he broke bedroom window

Comments by Paul Roche, 2nd April 2015  
im just researching my partners family tree and william hill was her great uncle.

Comments by Gwen Lambert, 10th June 2015  Greenwood186@btinternet.com 
Just doing my family tree also, my grandad was George Lambert, his daughter Kezia, aged 91, is my Aunt and his wife Mary. I know he was a "call man" because she told me. Hope Alan can let me know who his father or mother is?

Comments by Linda Massa, 18th December 2016  
Did you have to pay the knocker upper?

Comments by RON HUNT, 18th December 2016  
Yes you had to pay him. That was his job.

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