Following on from my blog recently about the tile in Birmingham Snow Hill Station to an unknown cat, I received a lovely email from the Press Office of London Midland, the railway company that manages the station.
“I believe the old Snow Hill station (before closure in the 1960s) had a real station cat (like many railway stations) to help keep mice at bay!! When the station re-opened in the 1980s, a tile was installed in memory of the former role of the station cat. I understand the staff at the station were keen to see it retained and this was supported by the station manager – hence the tile will be staying after the refit.”
I subsequently asked the obvious question “Did the cat have a name?” but the Press Office didn’t know. So any Midlands readers out there – do you know anyone who worked at Snow Hill station in the 1960s who might know? The Press Office suggested tongue in cheek that “Snowy” might be a good posthumous name.
There is a Wikipedia entry for anyone interested in the history of the station.
So – on to my musings. How unusual is it for there to be memorials to animals? I know the rest of the world thinks Brits are hyper-sentimental about animals, but even here in the UK I can think of few public (civic) memorials to animals. So would anyone like to contribute about memorials to animals they’ve mapped? I’m expecting a few about famous racehorses; famous warhorses and heroic actions by rescue dogs, but I’m prepared to be surpised.