Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed Paddington as 'a station after my own fancy . . . entirely metal as to all the general forms, arrangements and design . . . an engineering work'. Newcastle Central and Liverpool Lime Street may have been slightly earlier, yet the Great Western Railway's London terminus, completed in 1854, is arguably the most remarkable of Britain's great nineteenth-century stations and, indeed, one of the finest creations of the Victorian age.
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