Poorest citizens of Salem;
Knocker's Hole is one of the marginal neighborhoods of Salem, Massachusetts, close to the harbor.
It is the focus of several events of the Second Season.
A wretched neighborhood consists of ramshackle houses, streets littered with garbage, excrement and rats, vagrants and prostitutes on the streets in broad daylight. The houses are crowded to each other and filthy sheets are hung on ropes stretched out the windows. A small square houses the only well of the neighborhood, in ruins. According to Mary Sibley, the majority of citizens living in Knocker's Hole does not belong to the congregation of Puritan church, being the least among them.
Throughout the Salem series
At Salem harbor, a boy steals a chicken and is chased by the hen guard right into a ramshackle house into which a little girl does not recommend the man to enter, as in there there is "death". When in fact the man ventures inside the room, discovers bodies of sick people and a woman suffering from the plague attacks him, convulsing, vomiting on him a clammy black liquid. (Cry Havoc)
In the following days, during a meeting to discuss what to do while the selectmen have divergent opinions, the newcomer in town Dr. Wainwright informs the good citizens of Salem that Knocker's Hole is completely plagued. The neighborhood which was already inhospitable, now is a genuine outbreak of plague. Despite the quarantine, the following days people get sick more and more and the bodies that were treated at the hospital are directly thrown into the crags. (From Within)
With the aim to get to Mary Sibley, Countess Von Marburg attracts a child to the Knocker's Hole well using her as a conduit to then pollute the water tank of Sibley House and attack Mary with a specter in her own bathtube. Later, the Queen of the Night order to Anne Hale to dive into the well and seal it with a spell, but not before the ginger witch is also briefly attacked by the specter that haunts the well. Knocker's Hole was also briefly a refuge for John Alden, the mysterious witch hunter indicated by Corwin's severed finge as his murderess, pointing to Mary and Tituba Knocker's Hole as the killer's hiding place.(Book of Shadows)
Allied with the Von Marburg witches, Mercy Lewis has now the task of fetch defenseless young girls for the bloodthirsty ritual which keeps the witches in youth and beauty. With the promise of an orange, Mercy attracts one of the girls forced to work in a spinning room by a plump woman, who spanks another of the girls, accusing her of having dropped the spinning wheel which was actually magically dropped by Mercy.(The Beckoning Fair One)
Again reduced to a mangled body, Mercy finds refuge in the filthy streets of Knocker's Hole, kidnapping a child left momentarily unattended near the window by his mother.(The Witching Hour)
- Girl: Don't go in there.
- Man: Who's down there?
- Girl: Death.
- -- in Cry Havoc
- Dr Wainwright: I have just been to where your weakest reside, in wretched Knocker's Hole. I had hoped to give them more voice here than they obviously have, but I find you all consumed with petty politics. I'm headed back there now to see what can be done.
- Mary Sibley: Well said, Sir. Well said. It is high time this board made it clear that however abject they may be and whether they pray at meeting or not, the least among us is our responsibility, too. I shall accompany you to see how they fare and to show our support.
- --in Cry Havoc
A nickname for the shipyards in Salem that were gathered around the area of Norman Street and at the foot of Becket Street. The noise from so many ship-builders gave this district the name of "Knocker's Hole" from the incessant pounding of the carpenter's mallets. Some of these early shipbuilders were Daniel Bacon, father and son, Daniel Lambert and his successor, Samuel Swasey. The configuration of the harbor later changed when the railroads were built in this area and the low lands were filled in.
- ↑ Salem in the Eighteenth Century by James Duncan Phillips, p. 276