Caring for the Palace’s animals

Help us protect and care for the our playful cats, Edmund and Pamunkey, as well as our flock of heritage chickens Myrtle, Phillis, Coco and Matilda.

Not only do our much-loved pets bring fun and joy to visitors of all ages, but they are vital Palace employees.

Edmund the cat, is named after Bishop Edmund Grindal who grew grapes for Queen Elizabeth I and introduced the tamarind tree just after the mid 16 Century. Although Edmund is an all-black cat, he’s anything but unlucky. Edmund is well-loved by visitors of all ages and can often be found napping in the walled garden. Edmund has even inspired a children’s book which is sold in the museum shop!

Pamunkey the cat is named after the Native American tribe who helped Reverend John Banister collect wild plants from Virginia, North America and send them back to Bishop Compton at Fulham Palace in the late 17 century. Pamunkey is an adventurous kitten. Unlike Edmund, Pamunkey is rarely seen napping as she’s always out and about discovering something new. You can read more about Pamunkey and her namesake in the blog.

Our flock of chickens are the latest Palace pets, thanks to the generosity of our Patrons, Friends, supporters and visitors. The walled garden chickens provide fresh organic eggs and their droppings will be used as a natural fertiliser. Additionally, our hens will enhance our educational and garden programmes.

We’ve broken down some of the costs involved in keeping our pets at Fulham Palace to give a sense of the difference your donation can make.

  • £400 would prepare us for any emergency vet bills.
  • £160 would fund monthly flea treatments for one of the Palace cats for a year.
  • £75 would cover the cost of annual vaccines for one of our cats.
  • £30 would cover a month of nutritious food for our cats.
  • £5 would cover one bag of organic cat treats.

Thank you for your support in caring for our beloved Palace pets. Anything you can spare truly does make a difference!