|London Railway Stations
|There is an excellent collection of photographs of the station
provided by the GWR Steam Museum - follow this link.
|A 1913 postcard of a very busy Paddington, Platforms 1 and 2.
|Not quite so busy - Platform 1 in an undated postcard, probably a few
years earlier than that above.
|The Great Western Hotel was built on Praed Street, in front of the
station, and opened on 8 June 1854. The hotel, which was remodelled
between 1936 and 1938, replaces the traditional station facade.
|In September 1961 the decomposing body of a male child
was found in a case at Paddington Station. Paper stuffed
into his mouth was the cause of death. His identity has never
|Memorials. There are two memorials in the station. One is a statue of
Isambard Kingdom Brunel who, amongst other achievements, designed
Paddington. The second is a memorial to those employees of the Great
Western Railway who perished in the First World War. This bronze may be
found on Platform 1.
|The station has featured in many books, including Agatha Christie's "4.50 from
Paddington" (subtitled "What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw") and of course Michael
Bond's "Paddington Bear" was named after the station where he arrived as a
stowaway from Peru.
|The G.W.R. had a literary society, apparently with its own rooms at
Paddington Station in 1859 and 1865.
|Paddington has been the London terminus of the Great Western Railway and its successors
since 1838. Much of the current mainline station, designed by Brunel, dates back to 1854.
Paddington was the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first
underground railway, which opened in 1863 at the Bishop's Road side of the station. The
station of course today connects directly with the London Underground. The station was
originally a temporary terminus for the Great Western Railway when its London to Taplow
service started in 1838. This original station then became a goods yard when the main station
opened in 1854. This yard has lain derelict for many years but is now (2008) I believe, being
developed with flats and shops.
|Postcards of the Past
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