Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill in Kent, has this month welcomed its newest recruit – a marmalade cat as requested by Churchill himself.
On leaving their home to the National Trust in 1966, the Churchill family requested that there would always be a marmalade cat named Jock, with a white bib and four white socks, in comfortable residence at Chartwell.
The property has always honoured this request and has this month welcomed Jock VI, a seven month old rescue kitten, to the property to take up this unique role.
Jock VI is settling into his residency like a cat that’s got the cream and has developed quite a mischievous character. So far he has taken a liking to afternoon naps, tuna, Persian rugs and cuddles, but does not like heights, lightning or opera.
Jock VI, or Malley as he was previously known, was rescued by Croydon Animal Samaritans before being adopted by Chartwell’s house and collections manager, Katherine Barnett.
Katherine Barnett, house and collections manager at the National Trust property Chartwell, comments: “It’s a modern day rags to riches story – Jock VI has had a difficult start to his life, but as the saying goes, a cat will always land on its feet. I’m delighted with Jock; 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”.
Anna Nikolic, one of the trustees and a senior fosterer with Croydon Animal Samaritans, adds: “We’re delighted to have found such a loving home for Jock and know Katherine and the team at Chartwell will provide for all his needs. We hope to give all our rescue cats this happy ever after ending, and would encourage anyone looking for a family cat themselves to get in touch with us”.
Jock V retired from public life when the former house and collections manager left Chartwell. The pair had such a close bond, they stayed together and are both now living in the Scottish countryside.
For more information on Jock VI and Chartwell visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell. Chartwell is now open daily, 10am-5pm.