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Thornton Historical Society
According to Dick Bradley in Halfway to History, a knackerman was someone
who disposed of dead or dying animals and salvaged whatever was salvageable,
mainly the hides for shoes, harnesses, door hinges, etc. Knocker may have
evolved from knacker and Knocker's Hole may refer to where the knackerman
brought the dead animals.
Interestingly, an area of Salem, Massachusetts also has the nickname Knocker's
Hole. The town believes that this name was derived from the work at a shipyard
that was there. The constant pounding of hammers working on ships earned it the
name Knocker's Hole.
Thornton's Knocker's Hole was originally settled by the Barnard family and is now
home to the Knockers Hole Farm.