According to the Internet source given below, the first premises on the site occupied by The Eagle Tavern Music Hall
in City Road, Hoxton, were known as the Shepherd and Shepherdess
, a tea garden. It was described in one account of 1802 as being "much frequented in the summer-time by tea parties".
The premises were turned into The Eagle Music Hall providing a varied programme of entertainment and becoming a popular haunt which was known to the famous author Charles Dickens.
Later considerably enlarged, it became the Grecian Theatre
and was the venue of the 14-year old Marie Lloyd
. It is said that she and her siblings, amongst them Fanny Wood
, enchanted with music hall going so, haunted the place as children where their father worked as a waiter.
In 1884 the building and the site were purchased by General Booth for a centre for the Salvation Army and finally demolished in 1901. The present pub was built in the same year.
Interestingly, for me that is, due to its dubious reputation and closeness to a red-light district it provided the inspiration of the well-known nursery rhyme:
- Up and down the City Road
- In and out the Eagle
- That's the way the money goes
- Pop! Goes the weasel
||Eagle Tavern, City Road
||Description by Know Your London
||Royal Grecian Theatre
||Description by wikipedia.org.