We were out in Finsbury again last week – highlighting the threat to local health services from the proposed closure of Finsbury Health Centre. We ended up in the nearby Eagle pub on Farringdon Road (London’s first gastropub).
The old nursery rhyme Pop goes the weasel talks about ‘going up & down the City Road, in and out the Eagle’; but that’s a different Eagle pub, at the corner of Shepherdess Walk, just in Hackney.
In fact, there’s a bit of a bird of prey theme in the area. Also on City Road, nearly opposite the Eagle pub, there’s Eagle Dwellings. They are 19th century flats – the childhood home of music hall artist Lily Morris – now in use as supported accommodation by a local housing association.
Further up City Road are council tower-blocks, Peregrine & Kestrel Houses. A few years ago, the Council placed nesting boxes on some blocks to encourage the return of peregrines. It would have been great to have them on Kestrel or Peregrine – but neither was suitable.
However, Kestrel House is still doing its bit for the environment: from Goswell Road you get an excellent view of its new wind turbine. From the ground the turbine doesn’t look very big, but it’s actually 12m high, and now powers everything in the block from the lights, lifts and water pumps to the concierge office and CCTV. It’s a fantastic scheme – helping fight climate change and cut tenants’ energy bills at the same time.