Thursday, 13 March 2014

Jock The Cat At Winston Churchill's Chartwell Home


Jock sits on Winston Churchill's knee

Winston Churchill, Britain's great wartime Prime Minister, was a big cat lover.
When he lived at Chartwell in Kent he asked that a marmalade cat with four white paws and white bib should always live at the property.
He had been given a ginger cat by his private secretary, Jock Colville on his 88th birthday in 1962. He named the cat Jock in his secretary's honour. And Jock the cat went on to attend many cabinet meetings.
Chartwell has been owned by the National Trust since it was bequeathed by Churchill's family in 1966.
Now a little rescue cat has joined the "staff" at Chartwell. Jock VI has taken the place of Jock V who has moved to Scotland with his owner who formerly worked at the property. 

Who could resist those beautiful eyes? Rescue cat Jock who has gone from rags to riches.

The kitten has changed his name from Malley and came from the Croydon Animal Samaritans Rescue Centre. He has been adopted by Chartwell's house and collections manager, Katherine Barnett.
He's settling in well, taking afternoon naps, eating tuna and lounging about on the Chartwell Persian rugs.
"Jock VI has had a difficult start to his life but, as the saying goes, a cat will always land on its feet," said Mrs Barnett.
"He's a very caring, loving cat and I think our visitors will get lots of enjoyment from seeing him around the property for many years to come."

Jock now lives in the grand surroundings of Chartwell House, once the home of Winston Churchill.

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