A forgotten profession

A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows…


A severely malnourished four-year-old in Liverpool in 1900, when starvation, diseases and machine injuries killed many Credit: Liverpool Record Office/News Dog Media