Winston Churchill’s family home is required to have a cat called Jock under care of the National Trust
In 1966 when Winston Churchill Sold Chartwell, the family home, to the National Trust, he required that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock in “comfortable residence.” The Trust honored that request. The current occupant is Jock VII, a six month old rescue kitten.
Welcoming a new member
We’ve always honoured this request and in May 2020 welcomed Jock VII, a six month old rescue kitten, to the property to take up this unique role.
Along with his white bib and white paws, Jock VI has a very mischievous character. Keep an eye out for him as you tour the property.
Taking up residence
Jock is settling into his residency and has developed a mischievous character. His favourite pastimes are investigating what the gardeners are up to and trying to persuade people to give him snacks. He also likes lots of cuddles on the sofa after an eventful day.
Jock VII, previously known as Sunshine, was rescued by the RSPCA before being adopted by Chartwell’s Visitor Experience Manager, Viktoria Austen.
He was rescued along with 30 other cats from squalid conditions. The kittens were very weak and undernourished but were young enough to be brought back to health quickly. Jock was the most confident of the whole group and was already playful and full of fun. “Jock VII has had a difficult start to his life, but he is very lucky to come to our loving home. He has already made friends and started to explore the 80 acres that Chartwell has to offer him” says Viktoria.