One of my favourite buildings is the Eagle Building at 201 High Street which for a long time was one of the many public houses in Sunderland.
That name is relatively recent as it was called the Three Crowns in the latter part of the Seventeenth Century as well as the Exchange Tavern and the Royal Exchange. I suppose it was inevitable it would eventually be the Eagle Building as the carving which sits on the roof is very prominent and can be seen from quite far away. Every time I pass there’s always a seagull sitting on the eagle’s head which doesn’t do much for his gravitas.
What I didn’t realise until recently is this is not the original eagle. He was lost sometime after 1920 however in 2002 the building was restored and a new eagle carved by the sculptor Phil Townsend. More information can be found on the fascinating website run by the Sunderland Antiquarians