The Eagle, Shepherdess Walk, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011
London Souvenirs – Charles William Heckethorn, 1899:
The Mock-Heroes Club met at an alehouse in Baldwin’s Gardens, and was composed chiefly of attorneys’ clerks and young shopkeepers. On admission the new member assumed the name of some defunct hero, and ever afterwards was at the meetings called by that name; and as the club held its meetings in the public room, though at a separate table specially reserved for them, this formal and ridiculous way of addressing one another caused no slight amusement to the other persons frequenting the room. In other respects their language was high-flown. Thus, one would face about to his left-hand neighbour, with his right hand charged with a brimming tankard, saying: ‘ Most noble Scipio, the love and friendship of a soldier to you. The thanks of a brother to my valiant friend Hannibal, whom I cannot but value, though I had the honour to conquer’. My respects to you, brave Caesar,’ cries one opposite, ‘ remembering the battle of Pharsalia.’ And so on, till they had drunk themselves under the table.