Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Heals Cat

Erbie and I went to stroke the Heals Cat today. 

On the marvelous back stairway of Heals on Tottenham Court Road, sits a bronze statue of a cat by the french sculptor Chassagne. Sir Ambrose Heal the eponymous owner bought the cat to sell in the shop in 1905 but refused to part with it as he liked it too much and it became known as the Heals Cat.


fabhat said...

I always like saying hello to the Heals cat too. Good to start Erbie off in proper habits.

Heal's said...

did you know that the Heal's cat was once sold by mistake, but Ambrose Heal tracked down the customer and the cat was returned.
The History of Cat can be found here (on the 1920's tab):

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