Metropolitan Borough of Paddington
Paddington within the County of London
|1911 area||1,356 acres (5.49 km2)|
|1931 area||1,357 acres (5.49 km2)|
|1961 area||1,355 acres (5.48 km2)|
|Succeeded by||City of Westminster|
- 1911 density
105 inhabitants per acre (260 /ha)
- 1931 density
107 inhabitants per acre (260 /ha)
- 1961 density
86 inhabitants per acre (210 /ha)
|Governance||Paddington Borough Council|
Coat of arms of the borough council
Its area covered that part of the current City of Westminster west of Edgware Road and Maida Vale, and north of Bayswater Road. Places in the borough included Paddington, Westbourne Green, Bayswater, Maida Hill, West Kilburn, Maida Vale. To the south it bordered the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster, to the east, the Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone.
The borough was abolished on 1 April 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 and its former area merged with that of the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster and the Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone to form the present-day City of Westminster.
Coat of arms
The borough council's coat of arms, granted by the College of Arms on 5 April 1902, was based on the former Paddington vestry seal. The seal featured crossed swords from the arms of the See of London passing through a mural crown, symbol of local government. To these were added the wolves' heads and blue background from the arms of the first Mayor of the Borough, Sir John Aird. Sir John, who was member of parliament for Paddington North, also donated the mayoral badge and chain.
The arms were blazoned as follows:
Paddington Town Hall, designed by James Lockyer in the Classical style, dated from 1853. The building, originally the Vestry Hall, was situated on Paddington Green. It was enlarged in 1900 and 1920. Following its closure in 1965, it was demolished to make way for the Westway urban motorway. The chair used by the Mayors of Paddington at council meetings was preserved, and is currently placed in the hallway at the Council House in Marylebone Road, the current meeting place for Westminster City Council. The war memorial, unveiled in 1924, was moved to the adjacent parish church of St. Mary.
Area and population
The area of Paddington Metropolitan Borough was 1,357 acres (5.5 km2), once part of Kensal New Town was added after 1901. The population recorded in the Census was:
Civil Parish 1801-1899
Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961
- Note that the population statistics up to 1891 exclude the area of Kensal Town transferred from Chelsea in 1900.
- Scott-Giles, C Wilfrid (1953). Civic Heraldry of England and Wales, 2nd edition. London: J M Dent & Sons. p. 257.
- Crossley, Richard (1928). London's Coats of Arms and the Stories They Tell. London: Robert Scott. pp. 162–164.
- Beningfield, T J (1964). London 1900-1964. Armorial bearings and regalia of the London County Council, The Corporation of London and The Metropolitan Boroughs. London: Ed J Burrow & Co. Ltd. pp. 129–130.
- Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London except the Cities of London and Westminster Harmondsworth 1952
- Victoria County History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9: Hampstead, Paddington (1989)
- Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV); Census tables for Metropolitan Borough of Paddington
- Paddington MetB: Census Tables accessed 19 June 2007
- The census was suspended for World War II
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