Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 13th July, 2011)
"Originally a farmhouse with a fine thatched roof, it was burned down in 1901 and later rebuilt. Tradition says that the silhouette cats in the blank windows are successors of the plaster cats originally used in the old days of the early catholic persecution to indicate that a Mass was to be held in nearby Standish Hall, or to warn Catholics that government troops were in the area. Alternatively, they may have been a dairyman's sign."
Photo: Mick (Sony DSC-T700)
A nice clear photo & interesting notes....I can remember passing this house quite a few times when I was a child...I used to look out for it. I recall it was then a browny, pebbledashed building but the cats were always black.
Love this house and the story that goes with it. Glad to see that this story is being kept alive.
Used to pass this in the 60s - is it Almond Brook Road?
Ilove this house it always facinated me as a child when we used to pass by it .
Oh I hate cats they are dirty filthy animals, I have to clean up my garden every morning when they've use it as a toilet. I have a lovely garden but these dirty things try to ruin it, it's not fair.
Cats here, no problem, got a gun. City law no cats roam.
Did they paint over the windows.
Well that was a conversation stopper if ever I saw one!! Well done Joe.
I'm with Joe - I hate the things. No loyalty, no love. Give me a dog any day. Man's true best friend!
People wi cats dont bother wi their gardens, so the not bothered about thee and other nice gardens. owners should be made to clean it up like they do wi dogs poo.
At least cats don't bark
Roy likes cats...wow wow wuff wuff.
Cats make more noise than dogs... You don't see dogs roaming the streets at night screeming. Don't forget about cats killing our lovely birds. Dogs are much better.
don't see what the fuss is about dogs, birds, cats, humans all drop their muck someplace. Try walking round any town on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, you will see plenty human muck. All carnivorous creatures kill something else to eat, why pick on cats?
Dogs bark any time of the day, never heard of a cat taking a chunk out of someone's arm or leg.
THEY DO AND WILL SCRATCH YOUR EYES OUT AS WELL, DOGS MUCH BETTER ANIMALS TO KEEP.
YES DUNCAN YOU ARE RIGHT, BUT THE COUNCIL CLEANS IT UP THE DAY AFTER.
AS FOR CATS I HATE UM, THEY DESTROY MY GARDEN.
Why are dog lovers so intolerant of other creatures, they are not animal lovers.
I don't have a dog or cat, but do have a nice garden and cats use it for their toilet, it digs up the soil to hide its poo and throws it over my lovely cared for lawns most nights. thats why I hate cats.
Frank, ask the council if they are willing to clean out the muck in your garden!
For pity's sake, grow up. I'm not a cat lover myself but they have to go somewhere, as do all creatures. maybe if all garden lovers were to get rid of cats, they could then moan about moles, mice, rats, and birds that eat their seeds. The only real pests on this planet walk on two legs. Oh and by the way, when did you last hear of a cat savaging somebody to death
Don't tar all cats with the same brush please. I have 5 that live indoors so don't poo in anyones garden!
I bet kelly's house stinks!
i live near here:)