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Cockney Cats

October 2, 2020
by the gentle author

These are Cockney Cats by Warren Tute, with photographs by Felix Fonteyn from 1953, in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute

Micky is the centre of the Day family of Copley St in the parish of Stepney. The whole family pamper him and have a wonderful time

Bill on weekdays, William on Sundays, the cat at the Bricklayers Arms in Commercial Rd has a wonderful life since the Guv’nor Jim Meade was once a Dumb Animals’ Food Purveyor. At seventy-seven Jim looks back on a long and distinguished life in Stepney during his thirty-two years as Guv’nor.

Yeoman Warder Clark & Pickles on Tower Green

On duty at the Tower of London

The tail-less cat of the guardroom who came out to watch Pickles being photographed

Min, Port of London Authority cat has many friends among the dockers and very good ratting at night

Min of the magnificent whiskers has made her home in the office of K Warehouse in the Milwall Docks

Customs & Excise cat guards the Queen’s Warehouse and is paid a Treasury Allowance of sixpence a day

Mitzi has the run of her ship from the lifeboats to the Officers’ Mess

Old Bill the railway cat, his favourite position is the entrance to Blackfriars Station

Old Bill takes cover when necessary in the rush hour

Tibs the Great (1950-64), the official Post Office cat at Headquarters, does not normally live in this 1856 pillarbox

This cat’s curiosity unearthed a box of ancient stamps and seals, some dating back to Queen Anne

Minnie the Stock Exchange cat was a self-willed and determined kitten who adopted the dealing floor as her own preserve

Minnie enjoys the banter in the tea room

Tiger of The Times is the best office cat in Fleet St

Tiger of The Times is equally at ease whether in the Board Room …

… or doing his rounds in the Print Room

Sneaking back into Lloyds of London is difficult even for the resident cat

Cecil is the Front of House cat at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Cecil is very elusive in his many hiding places from which he has to be coaxed by the Royal Waiter before the performance can begin

When thirteen people sit down to dine at the Savoy and the thirteenth guest is Jimmy Edwards, almost anything can happen. The famous black cat is invited to occupy the fourteenth place so that everyone can enjoy the sparkling conversation.

Bill at the Tower of London (1935-47)

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Jamie permalink
    October 2, 2020

    What a charming feature. Thank you as always, TGA

  2. Jen permalink
    October 2, 2020

    I really enjoyed this. Cats are the best.

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 2, 2020


  4. October 2, 2020

    Thanks for the most heart-warming article I’ve seen in ages! I just about remember that softer aspect of London life; we are the poorer without it.

  5. Michael Hebbert permalink
    October 2, 2020

    There were some very handsome six-clawed cats around Limehouse in the 1970s. From the look of it, Min the PLA cat may have belonged to this large-pawed strain.

  6. October 2, 2020

    They are all beautiful, Min, Bill, Mitzi, Cecil… Thank you so much.

  7. Pamela Traves permalink
    October 2, 2020

    The Best to see, Beautiful Cats!! They are all so Lovely!!!?????????

  8. October 2, 2020

    You can clearly see that the Cats are enjoying the Attention made around Them. 🙂

    Love & Peace

  9. Sue permalink
    October 2, 2020

    Wonderful but I take exception at Bill’s grave. There is never “only a cat!”

  10. Kim Rennie permalink
    October 5, 2020

    So many beautiful tabbies there!

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