In the nineteenth and also the twentieth century, people reported seeing the ghost of a white cat sitting on a post near the remains of Congleton abbey. If human beings approached, it would jump into the air and vanish. It was said to have been a cat belonging to Mrs Winge, a housekeeper at the former abbey. Some accident must have befallen it, for one evening it returned to her cottage only in spirit form, contentedly sitting on the steps but refusing to enter. When she tried to coax it indoors, it slowly disappeared. Every evening the cat would come and sit on the step, but always disappeared before the eyes of friends and neighbours who came to watch it.
This appearing and disappearing cat has been linked with the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.