In the first part, we look at the period 1822 – 1831, during which an entrepreneurial builder, Thomas Rouse, took a former small tea room on London’s City Road and began a path that would see the establishment become one of the city’s most popular entertainment venues. Initially he used the extensive grounds to mount large public displays such as fighting and balloon ascents. By the end of decade he looked towards the changing shifts in Victorian working class culture for entertainment and built what would become one of the most famous Saloon Theatres in the East End.
Part 2: The Eagle Soars.
Part 3: The Grecian Conquests.