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Underground station · Paddington · W2 ·
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The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway’s route from Farringdon.

The first Metropolitan station opened as Paddington (Bishop’s Road) but Paddington station, designed by the celebrated engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel had long been the London end of the Great Western Railway.

Paddington had been an important town west of London before it was engulfed by the metropolis. It was first a medieval parish, then a metropolitan borough and finally integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965. Also found in Paddington are St Mary’s Hospital (where penicillin was first discovered) and the former Paddington Green Police Station - once the most important high-security police station in the United Kingdom.

Alan Turing, the pioneer mathematician was born in Warrington Crescent.

Fictionally, Paddington Station has a display case showing Paddington Bear, a character of children’s fiction who, in the book, is first discovered at this station and hence named after it.

Paddington mainline railway station has a commuter service serving stations west of London, a mainline service to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales. The Elizabeth Line now runs through, inheriting the express rail line to Heathrow Airport.




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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:30 GMT   

Kilburn Park - opened 1915
Kilburn Park station was opened at the height of the First World War

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:49 GMT   

A bit of a lift....
Kilburn Park was the first station to be designed around escalators, rather than lifts.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:38 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Lived here
Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bishop’s Bridge Bishop’s Bridge, sometimes known as Paddington Bridge, is a road bridge which carries Bishop’s Bridge Road across the rail approaches to Paddington station
Fountains Abbey The Fountains Abbey was opened in 1824 and quickly became a popular meeting place for locals.
Paddington The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway’s route from Farringdon.
Paddington Green Children’s Hospital The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883.
St Mary’s Hospital, London St Mary’s Hospital is a hospital in Paddington, founded in 1845.

THE STREETS OF PADDINGTON
Albion Close, W2 Albion Close dates from around 1830.
Albion Mews, W2 Albion Mews is a cobbled cul-de-sac that is approached through an entrance under a building on Albion Street.
Albion Street, W2 Albion Street was laid out over the Pightle field in the late 1820s.
Archery Close, W2 Archery Close is a street in Paddington.
Bathurst Mews, W2 Bathurst Mews is a street in Paddington.
Belvedere Strand, W2 Belvedere Strand is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Bishop’s Bridge, W2 Bishop’s Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 Bishop’s Bridge Road, now a main thoroughfare, began life as a footpath.
Bouverie Place, W2 Bouverie Place is a street in Paddington.
Brewers Court, W2 Brewers’ Court was finished in 1976.
Burwood Place, W2 Burwood Place is a street in Paddington.
Caernarvon House, W2 The 1955-built Caernarvon House is on the Hallfield Estate.
Cambridge Square, W2 Cambridge Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
Canalside Walk, W2 Canalside Walk is a location in London.
Chilworth Mews, W2 Chilworth Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Chilworth Street, W2 Chilworth Street, originally called Charles Street, is an east-west street in W2.
Clarendon Place, W2 Clarendon Place is a street in Paddington.
Cleveland Gardens, W2 Cleveland Gardens is a short stretch of road behind Cleveland Square.
Cleveland Square, W2 Cleveland Square is a notable square in Paddington.
Cleveland Terrace, W2 Cleveland Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Clifton Place, W2 Clifton Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Cloucester Mews West, W2 Cloucester Mews West is a road in the W2 postcode area
Conduit Mews, W2 Conduit Mews is a street in Paddington.
Conduit Passage, W2 Conduit Passage is a street in Paddington.
Conduit Place, W2 Conduit Place is a street in Paddington.
Connaught Close, W2 Connaught Close is a cul-de-sac off Connaught Street.
Connaught Square, W2 Connaught Square was the first square of city houses to be built in the Bayswater area.
Connaught Street, W2 Connaught Street is a street in Paddington.
Craven Road, W2 The Earl of Craven owned the land on which the road was later built.
Dudley Street, W2 Dudley Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Eastbourne Mews, W2 Eastbourne Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Eastbourne Terrace, W2 Eastbourne Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Edna House, W2 Edna House is a building on Norfolk Square
Frederick Close, W2 Frederick Close is a street in Paddington.
Gloucester Gardens, W2 Gloucester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Gloucester Mews, W2 Gloucester Mews is a street in Paddington.
Gloucester Square, W2 Gloucester Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
Gloucester Terrace, W2 Gloucester Terrace is an 1850s development.
Hermitage Street, W2 Hermitage Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Howards Way, W2 Howards Way is a road in the W2 postcode area
Hyde Park Crescent, W2 Hyde Park Crescent is a street in Paddington.
Hyde Park Gardens Mews, W2 Hyde Park Gardens Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Hyde Park Gardens, W2 Hyde Park Gardens - also known as Hyde Park Terrace - consists of two roads running adjacent to the north western corner of Hyde Park.
Hyde Park Square, W2 Hyde Park Square was part of ’Tyburnia’ - planned in 1827 by Samuel Pepys Cockerell for the Bishop of London’s Estate
Hyde Park Street, W2 Hyde Park Street is a street in Paddington.
Junction Mews, W2 Junction Mews is a street in Paddington.
Junction Place, W2 Junction Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Kendal Street, W2 Kendal Street is a street in Paddington.
Kingdom Street, W2 Kingdom Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Leinster Gardens, W2 Leinster Gardens began its life in the early 1840s.
London Mews, W2 London Mews is a street in Paddington.
London Street, W2 London Street is a street in Paddington.
Macmillan House, W2 Residential block
Marylebone Flyover, W2 Marylebone Flyover is a road in the W2 postcode area
Merchant Square, W2 Merchant Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
Norfolk Crescent, W2 Norfolk Crescent is a street in Paddington.
Norfolk Place, W2 Norfolk Place is a street in Paddington.
Norfolk Square, W2 Norfolk Square is a street in Paddington.
North Wharf Road, W2 North Wharf Road is a street in Paddington.
Orsett Mews, W2 Orsett Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Orsett Terrace, W2 Orsett Terrace combined with Orsett Place to form one street in Paddington.
Oxford Square, W2 Oxford Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
Park West, W2 Park West is a street in Paddington.
Pembroke House, W2 Residential block
Porchester Place, W2 Porchester Place is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Terrace North, W2 Porchester Terrace North is a road in the W2 postcode area
Praed Mews, W2 Praed Mews is a street in Paddington.
Praed Street, W2 Praed Street was named after William Praed, chairman of the company which built the canal basin which lies just to its north.
Quadrangle Tower, W2 Quadrangle Tower is a street in Paddington.
Radnor Lodge, W2 Radnor Lodge is a street in Paddington.
Radnor Mews, W2 Radnor Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Radnor Place, W2 Radnor Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Rainsford Street, W2 Rainsford Street is a street in Paddington.
Ranelagh Bridge, W2 Ranelagh Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Rosewood Walk, W2 Rosewood Walk is a location in London.
Sale Place, W2 Sale Place is a street in Paddington.
Sheldon Square, W2 Sheldon Square is a street in Paddington.
Smallbrook Mews, W2 Smallbrook Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
South Wharf Road, W2 South Wharf Road is a street in Paddington.
Southwick Mews, W2 Southwick Mews is a street in Paddington.
Southwick Place, W2 Southwick Place is a street in Paddington.
Southwick Street, W2 Southwick Street is a street in Paddington.
Spring Street, W2 Spring Street is a street in Paddington.
St Johns Church, W2 St Johns Church is a street in Paddington.
St Michael’s Street, W2 Saint Michael’s Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Star Street, W2 Star Street is a street in Paddington.
Strathearn Place, W2 Strathearn Place is a street in Paddington.
Sussex Gardens, W2 Sussex Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Sussex Place, W2 Sussex Place is a street in Paddington.
Sussex Square, W2 Sussex Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
Talbot Square, W2 Talbot Square is a street in Paddington.
The Water Gardens, W2 The Water Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Upbrook Mews, W2 Upbrook Mews is built on top of the former Westbourne River.
Water Gardens, W2 Water Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Court, W2 Westbourne Court stood at the corner of Orsett Terrace and Westbourne Terrace by 1938.
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2 Westbourne Terrace Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Westbourne Terrace Road, W2 Westbourne Terrace Road is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Terrace, W2 Westbourne Terrace was an idea of George Gutch the builder.
Winsland Street, W2 Winsland Street is a road in the W2 postcode area

THE PUBS OF PADDINGTON
Fountains Abbey The Fountains Abbey was opened in 1824 and quickly became a popular meeting place for locals.


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The Bayswater Conduit in 1798.
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Bayswater Road
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Fountains Abbey (2020)
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The 1807 Hyatt map
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A GWR 4073 Class locomotive waits to depart Paddington Station, adjacent to Brunel’s cast-iron Bishop’s Bridge road bridge, in April 1962.
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Bayswater Road
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Fountains Abbey (2020)
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Westway construction making its way along the Harrow Road (1960s)
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