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The London Course: Exploring Growing Village Suburbs

The growth of London in recent centuries entailed the swallowing up of small villages deep in the countryside.

This course will examine what have now become extensive London boroughs. Each which will be described in lectures followed by walks through these historic areas and each should be treated as an integrated pair of topics.

Lecture / Paddington

In this lecture you will see how today Paddington spreads over a very large area from the Edgware and Bayswater roads through the Westway to Maida Vale. It leapt into suburbia from its village basis with the coming of the extension of the Grand Union Canal to Paddington Basin and then Brunel's Great Western Railway with its masterpiece, Paddington Station. The lecture will also detail London's canal system and the early development of the railways as well as the modern developments notably around Paddington Basin and St. Mary's Hospital.


Mr Geoffrey Toms | talks


Date and Time:

18 November 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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