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New cat Jock moves into Chartwell
Jock V at Chartwell
Jock moved into Chartwell when he was 19 weeks old

A new kitten has taken up residence at Chartwell, thanks to a request by Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill owned a marmalade coloured cat which he named Jock, after Sir Jock Colville, one of his private secretaries.

Churchill requested that there should always be a cat with four white paws and a white bib "in comfortable residence".

Jock V now lives in the top flat and has an unlikely love of water.

According to staff at the house, he spends his time exploring and being pampered, and "jumps into the sink at every opportunity".

The original Jock meant so much to Churchill that he attended many war-time cabinet meetings with him and rumour has it that meals in the Churchill household did not commence until "ginger" tabby Jock was present at table.

The latest Jock was rescued by the Cats Protection before being adopted by Chatwell's house and collections manager, Alice Martin.


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