New marmalade-coloured kitten comes to Winston Churchill’s former country house

PUBLISHED: 11:10 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:10 18 March 2014

Jock VI sitting proudly in the confines of Chartwell House.

Jock VI sitting proudly in the confines of Chartwell House.


Sitting proudly in his new home, it has been a remarkable few months for this marmalade-coloured cat.

Katherine Barnett holds Jock VI in Chartwell House. Katherine Barnett holds Jock VI in Chartwell House.

Jock VI was found in a south-London garden shed not long after Christmas with paint matted in his fur, now he is residing in Winston Churchill’s former country retreat, Chartwell House.

The ex-British Prime Minister requested a cat of Jock’s colour with four white paws and a white bib must always live at Chartwell - now a National Trust property.

Katherine Barnett, the house and collections manager at the National Trust property, said Jock has been a welcome addition to Chartwell.

“He has been here a few weeks,” said Ms Barnett. “He is really enjoying it. He has 80 acres to play in and he is just getting used to it.

Jock VI moving around the inside of Chartwell House Jock VI moving around the inside of Chartwell House

“All the staff absolutely love him to bits.”

The member of staff added jokingly Jock VI was so adorable, she was worried someone may pinch him.

The last “Jock” retired to live on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, and was replaced by the latest incumbent.

Normally each cat will only be replaced once they have passed away, according to Ms Barnett, who has worked at the house since December.

Chartwell House is open daily to the public and a ticket to explore the house and to see Jock costs £12.50 for adults and £6.25 for children.

Ms Barnett added: “He is available for whoever wants to come and see him at the front of the house.”


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