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Schrödinger, Church Cat

August 31, 2016
by the gentle author

Celebrating the seventh anniversary of Spitalfields Life with a week of favourite posts from the past year

Schrödinger, the incumbent feline

At the end of last summer, Robin Gore-Hatton, Verger of St Leonard’s in Shoreditch, noticed a skinny cat hanging around the portico and gave him food and water. “He was thin and hungry, so I took pity on him,” Robin admitted to me.

A lithe and limber creature, Schrödinger disposed of the church’s mouse problem with alacrity, thus earning his keep in exchange for services in pest control. “Like most cats, I realise he adopted his owner rather than the other way around,” Robin added, acknowledging that Schrödinger has now established himself as a permanent fixture at the church.

Conscientious in his duties, Schrödinger may usually be found at his customary position sitting discreetly beneath a table just inside the door where he observes the constant flow of visitors, retreating under the pews when crowds arrive. “He’s shy,” confirmed Robin, “but it’s like he’s biding his time to assert his presence.” Certainly, frayed corners of two hessian-covered notice boards in the side aisle attest to Schrödinger marking his territory.

“It does feel like he’s the boss,” Robin confessed to me with a helpless grin, as we strolled around the church with Schrödinger following close at his ankles in expectation of dinner time. “Only I feed him,” Robin whispered in covert explanation,“otherwise everyone would give him food and he’d grow fat.”

Yet in spite of his usual feline qualities, there is also an air of mystery to this implacable creature that is capable of vanishing and reappearing without explanation. “Sometimes at night, he disappears,” Robin confided, “and then I find him in the morning asleep in the crypt – I think he feels at home down there, which is something we share in common.”

Schrödinger and Robin Hatton-Gore, Verger at St Leonard’s – “It does feel like he’s the boss”

You may also like to read about

East End Cats

The Cats of Spitalfields (Part One)

The Cats of Spitalfields (Part Two)

The Cats of Elder St

Blackie, the Last Spitalfields Market Cat

and read about

Mr Pussy in the Dog Days

Mr Pussy is Ten

Mr Pussy in Winter

The Caprice of Mr Pussy

Mr Pussy in Spitalfields

Mr Pussy takes the Sun

Mr Pussy, Natural Born Killer

Mr Pussy takes a Nap

Mr Pussy’s Viewing Habits

The Life of Mr Pussy

Mr Pussy thinks he is a Dog

Mr Pussy in Summer

Mr Pussy in Spring

2 Responses leave one →
  1. August 31, 2016

    Schrodinger has got it right he is playing the survival game. Remember we live with our cats its their house as long as you recognize that fact everything will be fine. If pussy goes into a cattery it will pay you back when it comes out no cooperation for a while. Cats have seen active service during conflicts. One cat Simon ‘Able Seacat’ died of his wounds after a river action and was awarded the PDSA’s Dickin Medal (VC). He is buried in the PDSA Ilford Animal Cemetery East London. This was a big story at the time in Nov 1949. Thanks; to GA for the continuing story line on Schrodinger keep going- also to our cats friend Robin the church Verger. John b

  2. July 29, 2018

    Great to see this lovelly blog is always producing such interesting historical news about social life

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