Adelphi Arches in Adelphi Terrace
Adelphi Arches in Adelphi Terrace
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Adelphi Arches in Adelphi Terrace
Adelphi Arches, the Strand, showing cobbled road and arches. A sign reads 'National Car Park'. The Adelphi was developed by the Adam Brothers between 1768 and 1774 and designed primarily by Robert Adam; its name, 'Adelphi', is Greek for 'brothers'. Adam transformed a sharply sloping, derelict site, subject to inundations from the river at high tide, into one of the most desirable residential quarters in London. A series of arches and subterranean streets was built to counteract the slope from the Strand to the river. It was associated both with London's underworld and its respectable population. The vaults were used to store goods by the quayside for transhipment to ships waiting on the Thames, and coal used to be unloaded and taken by horse and cart to the West End. During the nineteenth century, the vaults developed a reputation for being home to the poor and homeless; Charles Dickens talks about the Adelphi in David Copperfield. Adelphi Terrace no longer exists. In 1927 the Adelphi estate was sold at auction, and in 1936 many of the houses, including the great riverfront terrace and its underground vaults, were torn down and a new Art Deco Adelphi building (designed by Collcutt & Hamp) erected in their place. The vaults under the Terrace still partly exist and can be glimpsed from Lower Robert Street, off York Buildings.
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