Paddington Platform

Paddington Platform

Paddington Entrance

Paddington Entrance

Paddington Platform

Paddington Platform

 

It has been reasonably speculated that a Saxon settlement was located around the intersection of the northern and western Roman roads, corresponding with the Edgeware Road (Watling Street) and the Harrow and Uxbridge Roads. A reliable 12th-century document cited by the cleric Isaac Maddox (1697–1759) establishes that part of the land was held by brothers "Richard and William de Padinton". An 18th-century dictionary gives the definition "Paddington Fair Day. An execution day, Tyburn being in the parish or neighbourhood of Paddington. To dance the Paddington frisk ; to be hanged." The first underground railway station was opened as Paddington (Bishop's Road) by the Metropolitan Railway (MR) on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the line from Farringdon. The station was to the north of the main line station and, from 13 June 1864, MR services were extended westward via a connection to the GWR's Hammersmith branch, now the Hammersmith & City line. On 1 October 1868, the MR opened a branch to Gloucester Road, with a station called Paddington (Praed Street) in a cut-and-cover tunnel parallel to that street south of the mainline station. The deep-level Baker Street and Waterloo Railway (now the Bakerloo line) station opened on 1 December 1913 as a temporary terminus of an extension from Edgware Road to Queen's Park.

 

Much of the mainline station dates from 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Paddington is served by four London Underground lines through two separate stations: the Bakerloo, Circle and District lines have a combined sub-surface and deep-level station to the south of the main line station, and the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines have a sub-surface station to the north. Circle line services go through both of the sub-surface stations as part of a spiral route. Although shown on the London Underground map as a single station, the two sub-surface parts are not directly linked. Paddington Station: Bakerloo Line ticket hall improvements will start to take place from September 2015, when the ticket office in this station closes. Work will last for up to three weeks as we install additional ticket machines. The ticket office will not reopen when the work is complete. The station has a waiting room, lifts, help points, payphones, wi-fi and escalators.

 

Connections: National Rail. Heathrow Express + Connect. Circle, District, Hammersmith + City Line. London Buses routes 7, 23, 27, 36, 46, 205, 332 and 436 and night route N7 and N205 serve the station.