The Arches, London

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Maurice Benas, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. Maurice Benas

    Maurice Benas Member

    in 1974 - 1977, I was living in Huntingdon, England, I used to visit London on Saturdays with the express intention of visiting The Arches to buy/sell/trade coins. I really liked rummaging through their "junk" boxes looking for foreign coins. Found many early U.S. colonial coins and a lot of 19th century U.S.
    My question is: Does anyone know if The Arches is still there?
    The dealers knew me and they helped me a lot. I'm planning (within the next couple of years) to revisit London and The Arches.
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  3. paddyman98

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  4. expat

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    Which part of London? Tower Bridge area and old railway arches?
  5. Maurice Benas

    Maurice Benas Member

    The "Arches" may have been a nickname. It was close to Charing Cross. It was a covered garage that would get cleaned on Friday night so the tables could be placed and made ready for the dealers to set up. I went there on Saturday morning. I'd go through the "junk" boxes and then walk to McDonalds for lunch, I'd sit there going through my reference books and placing my finds in 2X2's. Then I'd go back and trade my finds with other dealers for the coins I wanted :)
  6. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else

    Thanks, will send that description to a friend of mine who is a taxi driver in London(black cab with "the knowledge"), see what he can find out.

    For those of you who don't know, "the knowledge" was a test that all taxi drivers had to pass, It meant memorising every street in London, so that in the event of road closures, accidents etc, alternative routes could be taken with the least delay and costs to their customers.
  7. Philip Mernick

    Philip Mernick New Member

    The Arches are still there (under Charing Cross Station) but not the coin market. It moved to London Bridge Station and is now back under Charing Cross Station in a parking garage. The entrance is immediately opposite the northern exit of Embankment tube station. Now called the Charing Cross collectors market, it isn't as big as it used to be but is still interesting, also has sellers of stamps and postcards. Before the Covid-19 lockdown it was open Saturdays from about 8 AM to about 2 PM
    Philip Mernick, London
  8. PeterD

    PeterD Member

    "The Arches" were/are the railway arches underneath Charing Cross Station. I think the Saturday coin market must have finished years ago.
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