Perhaps best known for its station – the original London terminus built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Railway – and a lost bear from Peru, Paddington was originally a small Norman village that grew and developed into a large urban borough before being swallowed into the City of Westminster.
The Deanery of Paddington is coterminous with the old borough boundary stretching from Hyde Park in the south to Kilburn in the north, touching Notting Hill in the west and terminating at the Edgware Road in the east. In many ways, it is shaped by the important transport links that traverse the area – Grand Union Canal, Paddington mainline, Harrow Road, Bayswater Road and the Westway.
This small but densely populated Deanery is dynamic and vibrant with an ever-shifting population marked by extreme economic and social diversity, and a startling ethnic mix.
There are 12 very different parish churches – each with their own history and personality, plus eight diocesan schools and the chaplaincy team at St Mary’s Hospital all seeking to serve the people of Paddington and be active in mission and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.