founded the National Cat Club 1887 and was its first President and
Show Manager. Then came the very famous artist Louis Wain as
President and Show Manager and Judge. Louis Wain also designed the
Club Logo as still used today and depicted above.
Until 1910 the
National Cat Club was, also, the Governing Body of the Cat Fancy,
and that was the Year when the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy as
we know it, was formed.
of the Cat Fancy
The first National CC
Show was held at the Crystal Palace, London, in July 1887. The Show
Manager was Mr. F Wilson and 323 cats were entered. Mr. and Mrs.
Harrison-Weir and Dr Gorden were the adjudicators.
Entrance fee was 3s. 6d. (17½p) and an additional 2s.0d. (10p) for
Miscellaneous Club classes. The Official Gazette at this time for
the Cat Fancy was first published in July 1910.
continued to be held at Crystal Palace until December 1936
when, sadly, it was destroyed by fire on the eve of the
National Show. However, the Club was somewhat fortunate in
as much as normally all the trophies were taken to the
Crystal Palace the day before the show but, this particular
year, they had not been sent. Had they have been there, as
was the usual practice, all would have been lost forever.
The Show venue after
the fire changed many times, Paddington Bakers Hall, Kentish Town
Baths, Paddington Baths, Seymour Hall and the Royal Horticultural
Hall before moving to Olympia for many years then Earls Court and
back to Olympia. In 2008 a decision was made to move the Show
once again to a smaller less expensive venue. Bracknell Leisure
Centre in Berkshire.
years, the Show has had many well known Show Managers
including Mr. Harrison Weir, Mr. Louis Wain, Mr. Cox, Sir
Claude Alexander and Lily Spears, to name but a few. Then
moving on to the latter years, our most famous Show Manager
of all was Mrs. Grace Pond. (Click on
Image to go to 'Louis Wain a true cat lover')
managed the Show in 1953 and continued until her retirement
in 1992. She was the longest-serving Show Manager in the
history of the World of Cats. Well done Grace!
(Click on Image to go to 'A tribute to
1992 saw the
election of Frank Grieve to the post of Chairman of the
National Cat Club, he had a great vision to take the club
forward into the new Millennium. Frank was greatly
instrumental in the introduction of 'The World of Cats' to
the National Cat Club Show. In 1995 Carol and Ron Pike
took over the mammoth task of running the modern National,
successfully adding their own flair to the show working very
hard to make what will be a superb Show run to perfection.
of any show must first of all, come from you, Exhibitors,
our Judges, Stewards, and Veterinary Surgeons, while not
forgetting the army of helpers who come year after year
voluntarily. And, of course, a major part of the excitement
of the National Show is created by the many and colourfully
varied Trade, Charity and Breed Club Stands who support us
year after year.