Paddington in Literature & Film – A Whole New World


Paddington is a district which is a part of the City of Westminster. This comes within   west London.

The three major landmarks of Paddington Districts are – Paddington station, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington Green Police Station.

Places to visit in Paddington

Paddington has plenty to offer visitors. From sports and arts to shopping and entertainment, it is all there.  A very popular symbol is the Paddington Bear. It is a fictional children’s character. This character is created by Micheal Bonds.

It first appeared on 13 October 1958 and was later on featured in more than twenty books written by the same author and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. The polite immigrant bear from deep and dark Peru, with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and love of marmalade sandwiches has become a classic and symbolic character from English children’s literature. The bear is also a rage among small children.

Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages ranging to around 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Over 265 licenses, making thousands of different products across the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Southeast Asia, Japan, Canada, Australia and South Africa have benefited from the global popularity of Paddington Bear. The first Paddington Bear stuffed toy to be manufactured was created in 1972 by Gabrielle Designs, a small business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. Since then there has been no looking back with demand mostly exceeding supply.

Paddington in TV: Paddington Green is a British television series, which depicts the lives of the residents of Paddington, London. It was created by Lion Television and was first shown on the BBC in early 1999. It is an example of the fly on the wall and ‘docu-soap’ television format. In these first three series   narration is by Ross Kemp in, followed by Todd Carty in the next three.

The earliest portrayal of Paddington was way back in the 17th century is one of the settings in the fiction A Spurious Brood which is based on a real life scenario. It  tells the story of Katherine More (real life character) whose children were transported to America on board the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship, the Mayflower.

The films The Blue Lamp (1950) and Never Let Go (1960) show many Paddington streets, badly damaged during the bombing in World War II. These were later on   demolished in the early 1960s to make way for the Westway elevated road and the Warwick Estate housing redevelopment program.