A Cat Remembered.
It’s not often one finds a plaque paying tribute to a cat, although there are many that deserve to be thus remembered. In London within Gough Square, almost hidden away, is the house where Samuel Johnson the author lived. On entering the square one is greeted by a statue of a black cat sitting on a plinth looking at a house at the other end of the square.
Hodge in Gough Square
Almost as he might have done many years ago waiting for the door to open or be called in for a meal. A plaque is mounted on the plinth part of which reads “HODGE, a very fine cat indeed, belonging to Samuel Johnson (1709- 17840) of Gough Square.”
A cat named Hodge
Samuel Johnson had several cats in his lifetime, but Hodge was the only one which made it to this status.