The Cat’s Monument
Date: 1750 - 1775 (c.) The Cat's monument is situated on an island accessed by the bridge beside the Chinese House. It was probably designed by Thomas Wright, who also worked on the Ruin.
There are two theories behind the purpose of the monument; one is that it commemorates a cat which travelled around the world with Admiral Anson on the 'Centurion'. The second is that it was built as a memorial to Kouli-Khan, a Persian cat kept by Thomas Anson. Anson also kept a herd of Corsican goats, a favourite breed of the family, which feature around the base of the monument.
The monument was possibly built against another structure, as the rear of the monument is of rough stonework. The tablet on the front was added c.1770 and is of Codestone.
This picture , which you have seen before, was in a "Candid" competition at my Club on Tuesday evening. According to the Judge to make it candid I should have excluded Tim on the right, and concentrated only on Edgars face and shoulders on the left, as it is it doesn't work according to him!!! Mr.Trim, with his marvellous efforts, must be going wrong somewhere, for the life of me I can't work out where it is!!
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