GERALD

CATHEDRAL CAT OF YORK

Gerald shared his life with so many. His legacy and the community he created continues. Here are some of the people who have been involved with the projects  inspired by him.

ANTHONY BARTYLA

STONE MASON

Anthony Bartyla is a York based stone mason.

He was commissioned to create the memorial sculpture of Gerald which will be sited at Holy Trinity Church off Goodramgate, York.


© York Mix, Anthony Bartyla

JUSTINE SPENCER

AUTHOR

Gerald's human family; Justine with her children Samuel & Elise.

Justine is the author of the children's book 'Cathedral Cat Gerald of York', 

a story celebrating the life of Gerald.



© Photographer Justine Spencer

CHARLEY HARRINGTON

PHOTOGRAPHER

Charley Harrington documented much of Gerald's life, photographing him in his prime as he patrolled the York Minster presinct, both night and day. Charley is the photographer and editor of a stunning calendar for 2022, featuring beautiful moments of Gerald's life in York.



© Photographer Charley Harrington

DONALD SPENCER

GERALD'S BROTHER

Donald Spencer is Gerald's brother, also a Bengal cat but with a very different personality to Gerald. He much prefers to be snuggled up at home than exploring York Minster's precinct.


©Photographer David Dunning

LOUISE ROWLEY

ILLUSTRATOR & DESIGNER

Louise is a York based artist & designer. She founded the community fundraiser to raise money for Gerald's memorial sculpture. She is also the illustrator of book, 'Cathedral Cat Gerald of York', written by Justine Spencer.


© rowleyillustration


ROB MARTIN

ARTIST

Rob Martin is known for his vibrant paintings of cats. His unique and characterful painting of Gerald will be displayed at York Station in their first class lounge.


© Rob Martin

Gerald's Legacy Projects


What is so evident since Gerald's passing, is just how many people he had come to know and be known by. The difference he made through simple actions and instinct; sitting with someone in their lunch break, falling asleep on the lap of a person who cherished his company at that moment. Not only his loyality to his familiar family, but his equal embrace and welcome of the unfamiliar... the visitor. 


There is much to be learnt from Gerald. Many projects have grown from the space of his loss in an endeavour to celebrate him and continue his positive connections, sense of community and keeping his story alive.

Gerald's Legacy


In Gerald's memory a selection of some of the finest photographs of him taken by York based photographer Charley Harrington have been printed within a limited edition calendar for 2022 . 


(please see the feature below)


All profits from the sale of this calendar will be donated to York Rescue Boat.


Registered Charity 1155849