Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Paddington Open Day at Westminster Archives - Sunday 9th October

Do you have ancestors who lived in Paddington or surrounding areas of London? 

On Saturday 9th October, the City of Westminster Archives are  hosting a Paddington Open Day at the Archives. There will be a talk by local historian Hans Norton on the development of Paddington and an opportunty to go behind the scenes at the Westminster Archives to look at some historic prints, photographs, rare maps and many other items from the collection.  There are two sesssions, morning and afternoon.  Entrance is free but advance booking is essential.

This area has for many years provided affordable housing for middle class migrants to London, especially those arriving from the West Country on trains arriving into Paddington station.  Several of my own ancestors, originally from Plymouth, Devon, settled in the Paddington area in the second half of the 19th century, many working in local shops.

My own g grandmother, Lavinia Ann Baker, born in Plymouth, died in Praed Street, in the heart of Paddington, in 1889, above a shop which is now a Bagel Factory just around the corner from Paddington satation!   Many of  her nine children lived and worked in the Paddington area before branching out into other parts of London. 

This Open Day looks like a great way to explore some of the history surrounding this area.

Rosemary Morgan
London Roots Research

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