Did you know… Queen Victoria’s first train trip was to Paddington Station – arriving from Slough in 23 minutes.
Paddington is bounded by Bayswater Road in the south, Edgware Road in the east, Notting Hill and Maida Vale.
Its name is believed to have derived from a guy called Padda – an Anglo-Saxon leader who occupied the area after the Roman withdrawal in 410 AD. The land remained largely agricultural for a millennia, until the Industrial Revolution brought textile workings in the 18th-century.
When the Grand Junction Canal opened in 1801 houses were built to service the terminus at Paddington Basin, and expanded when the Great Western Railway moved in thirty years later.
Paddington Station is one of London’s best – built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1854. The glass and steel construction sends trains to Wales and the west of the country.
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