Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)
Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)

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The work was restored in 1935, and the cat sculpture was added 1964. It features a segmental-headed slab of Portland stone on a plinth. The inscription to the south-west has eroded, while the north-east inscription details the career of the medieval merchant and city dignitary Sir Richard Whittington (c.1354–1423), including his three terms as Lord Mayor of London. Atop the slab is a sculpture of a cat by Jonathan Kenworthy. There are iron railings, oval in plan, with spearhead finials and overthrow, surround the stone. The memorial marks the legendary site where 'Dick Whittington' Sir Richard's folkloric alter ego, returning home discouraged after a disastrous attempt to make his fortune in the city, heard the bells of St Mary-le-Bow ring out, 'Turn again Whittington, thrice Lord Mayor of London'.
Title

Whittington Stone (Dick Whittington's Cat)

Date

1821 & 1964

Medium

black Kellymount limestone & Portland stone

Accession number

N19_NH_S001

Work type

Monument

Owner

Islington London Borough Council

Custodian

Islington London Borough Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Listing date

29/09/72

Inscription description

plaque one: WHITTINGTON STONE / SIR / RICHARD WHITTINGTON / THRICE LORD MAYOR / OF LONDON / 1397. RICHARD II / 1406. HENRY IV / 1420. HENRY V / SHERIFF in 1393; plaque two: 1964 WHITTINGTONS CAT PRESENTED BY / MR & MRS PAUL CROSSFIELD / DONAL BISSET & FRIENDS

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Located at

Highgate Hill, Islington

N19 3UA

Located at the junction with Salisbury Walk.