Cat 'ith Window Farmhouse & Barn
Almond Brook Road, WN6 0ST, Standish
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At Risk: No
Images by Jim Meehan & Chris Thompson
Showing on pre-1840 map. Referenced in T.C. Porteus "A History of Standish" as tenanted in 1725.
Built in the 1690s and probably earlier. The building consists of a small farmhouse and barn which have been converted into two dwelling houses. There is a local story that William Standish hid there in the 1690s when he was wanted for treason, for plotting the overthrow of William III in favour of James, the Old Pretender.
It is named after the nearby cottage that has cat silhouettes on its front wall.
The cat silhouettes were on the original cottage as well, and gave the cottage, and the nearby farmhouse their name. It was most likely a dairyman’s symbol advertising milk for sale. There is a local story though that it originated from cat statues being placed in windows to let people know a Catholic priest was in the area or a mass was to be said. This was at a time when Catholicism was being suppressed and Standish remained a Catholic stronghold.