Place    From 1768  To 1935

Adelphi Terrace

Categories: Architecture

The Adam brothers built a very large development including a run of houses with a terrace that over-looked the river, which was much closer before the Embankment was built. It was this terrace that caused the word "terrace" to take on the meaning of a row of houses. Torn down in 1935 and replaced with the art deco New Adelphi building. It was the demolition of the Adelphi that was, at least partially, responsible for the creation of the Georgian Society in 1937.

The Rise and Fall of the Adelphi is a very useful page with excellent photos.

While thinking of how London has changed the English language, in the field of architecture at least, let's examine "Mews". From the French, it used to mean a place where hawks (kept for hunting) were confined during their moulting seasons. From 1377 the King's Mews was at Charing Cross, about where Trafalgar Square now is. In 1537 Henry VIII had it converted to be the royal stables. And hence Mews became the term for all service streets in London built as stables, converted into garages and then converted into rather chic homes for fashionable Londoners, such as John Steed.

The image on this page shows a plainer front elevation than that on the Garrick page. We have to assume that the Victorians added some decorative features, around the windows and the central attic pediment, for example.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Adelphi Terrace

Commemorated ati

Adam, Hood, Galsworthy, Barrie, etc.

We understand the "here" on the plaque to refer to the whole of Adelphi Terra...

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Lost Garrick plaque

David Garrick, actor, lived here. B: 1716. D: 1779. {Almost hidden in the dec...

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The Adelphi

The Adelphi This building stands on the site of Adelphi Terrace built by the...

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Other Subjects

Moxhay's Hall of Commerce in Threadneedle Street

Moxhay's Hall of Commerce in Threadneedle Street

From British History: The Hall of Commerce, existing some years ago in Threadneedle Street, was begun in 1830 by Mr. Edward Moxhay, a speculative biscuit-baker, on the site of the old French church...

Building, Architecture, Commerce

1 memorial
Lewis Cubitt

Lewis Cubitt

Architect.  Younger brother of Thomas.  Designed King's Cross station, the Great Northern Hotel and the granary building just to the north in the King’s Cross railway lands, all now restored.   The...

Person, Architecture

1 memorial
Antony Lloyd

Antony Lloyd

Married the daughter of the architect, William Curtis Green, who in the 1930s took Lloyd into the practice that he had founded in 1898. The style was initially heavily influenced by Edwin Lutyens a...

Person, Architecture, India

2 memorials
Royal School of Naval Architecture

Royal School of Naval Architecture

Established in South Kensington on the site now occupied by the V&A Museum.

Group, Architecture, Education

1 memorial
Lewis Angell

Lewis Angell

Architect, engineer, surveyoy active in 1884-1901, at least. Surveyor to the West Ham Local Board. First president of the Institution of Municipal Engineers formed in 1873. Also designed the 1894 l...

Person, Architecture

1 memorial