The White Squirrel of Camberwell

No‐one knows how he* came to be, but all who have seen him have been left touched by his amazing beauty.

I first saw The White Squirrel** about six or seven years ago, when I worked in Southwark Town Hall. He was gamboling in the gardens in front of the Sceaux Estate, eating a nut like a regular squirrel — except he was as white as the driven snow. I thought he was the most beautiful squirrel I’d ever seen***.

I saw him on the odd occasion after that, but when I moved away from Camberwell I assumed he had died. So it was a great and welcome shock when I saw him again a few months ago, this time in front of the estate near Vestry Mews. I pointed him out to my wife, and we marvelled at his sleek, colour‐free fur.

It’s not every place that is fortunate to have a White Squirrel, so is yet another reason why Camberwell is blessed. Perhaps we should start a fund to build a statue to him.

There used to be a White Lady, but she was just a black lady who painted herself white and was a patient at The Maudsley, so she doesn’t hold the same prestige for me.

* Or she, but I’ll use the masculine throughout this post as it is easier, and I am a raging misogynist.
** It could be a different squirrel, of course, but according to the Ohio History Central they can live up to 10 years — although one year is the average. It’s a tough world out there.
*** His tail is less bushy that that of other squirrels and, being albino, he probably has evil red eyes. But from a distance, he’s lovely.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

6 thoughts on “The White Squirrel of Camberwell”

  1. Hi. I have been trying to find more information about the White Lady of Camberwell Green.
    I am doing a design project in south London and am trying to find all distinct people and landmarks of the region. I welcome any information as to when was the last time anybody saw her. Please do get in touch Thanks!

  2. Saw an albino/white squirrel for the first time this morning behind Camberwell Grove. Almost hidden amongst the snow. Got some pictures but none were excellent. Hadn’t realised he/she existed in the area or at all.

  3. I spotted an albino squirrel opposite where I live in Love Walk on Tuesday morning 29th January. He was being pursued up a tree by a black and white cat. Was so white (s)he almost glowed!

  4. I saw the white squirrel yesterday Sunday !!

    She was in the gardens of the Estate where I live, near Myatts Fields.

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