The South Eastern Railway opened a line from Redhill in 1842 and a station named Maidstone Road was built in a rural location to serve Maidstone, 8 miles (13 km) to the north. The village of Paddock Wood developed quickly around the station, which took the name Paddock Wood in 1844 when the branch line to Maidstone West was opened. The station is situated in the town centre.
The area has a long history in the hop and fruit growing industries.Hop pickers used to come on their annual summer ‘holiday’ to this area and spent the summer in the surrounding fields. Today, Paddock Wood continues to be a hub for the country’s hop growing industry and vegetable and fruit distribution.It supplies large national supermarkets, small real ale and cider makers as well as Europe.
Paddock Wood Railway station appears in the novel Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens where, in chapter 55, the character of Mr Carker accidentally falls under a train at the station and is killed.
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