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PAST AND PRESENT
ITS HISTORY, ASSOCIATIONS, AND
HENRY B. WHEATLEY, F.S.A.
THE HANDBOOK OF LONDON
BY THE LATE
IN THREE VOLUMES-VOL. III
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET
PAST AND PRESENT.
Paddington, formerly a village at the west end of London, containing, in 1801, 357 houses; now a large and increasing parish, and part of the great metropolis, having in 1881 a population of 107,098.
Pitt is to Addington
As London is to Paddington.-CANNING.
King Edgar gave the manor of Paddington to Westminster Abbey; the grant was confirmed by Henry I., King Stephen, and Henry II. At the Dissolution it was made part of the revenues of the Bishopric of Westminster; and when that see was abolished soon after its establishment, Edward VI. gave it to Ridley, Bishop of London, and his successors.—Newcourt's Repertorium, vol. i. p. 703.
Dodsley, writing in 1761, has nothing further to say of Paddington than that it is "a village in Middlesex situated on the north side of Hyde Park," and long after that artists used to come to it to sketch rural scenes and rustic figures. George Barrett, R.A. (d. 1784), one of the old school of English landscape painters, "resided in a most delightful spot, at the upper end of a field adjacent to old Paddington Canal."
Paddington was then a rural village. There were a few old houses on each side of the Edgware Road, together with some ale-houses of very picturesque appearance, being screened by high elms, with long troughs for watering the teams of the hay waggons on their way to and from market; each, too, had its large straddling signpost stretching across the road. Paddington Green was then a complete street; and the group of magnificent elms thereon, now fast going to decay, were studies for all the landscape painters in the metropolis. The diagonal path led to the church, which was a little Gothic building, overgrown with ivy, and as completely sequestered as any village church a hundred miles from London.—Angelo, p. 229.
Hilts. Where is thy Master?
Pup. Marry he is gone
With the picture of despair to Paddington.
Ben Jonson, Tale of a Tub, Act ii. Sc. 1,