In 1847 William Padmore was appointed as Huddersfield’s first Station Master. The 1851 Census shows William, aged 27, as living in the station with his wife Ann and their five children. William and Ann’s youngest child, Sarah, was only three weeks old when the Census was taken so it may be that she was born in the station.
Also, living at the Station at the time of the 1851 Census was George Moore, innkeeper, together with his wife Mary, step-son Charles, niece Sarah – described as a ‘house servant’ – and two further house servants, both called Mary. In 1851 George was 27 years of age and Mary 37.
By 1861 William and Ann Padmore with their nine children had moved out of the Station and were living at White Stone Lane, Bradford Road. Their son Francis is described as a ‘railway clerk’ in 1861 and a cousin who was also living with the Padmore family is described as a railway porter. In the following year William was transferred to Crewe.
Presentation — On Saturday last a number of gentlemen met at the Station Hotel, for the purpose of making a very gratifying presentation to Mr. William Padmore, late station-master at Huddersfield. Mr. Benjamin Thornton, auctioneer, was requested by the committee who have had the getting-up of the testimonial, to make the presentation. It consisted of a very neat time-piece, and a purse containing 40 sovereigns. Mr. Thornton said that the testimonial he had the honour to present had been subscribed for by many individuals of the town and neighbourhood of Hudderstield. He could bear his testimony to the very efficient manner in which Mr. Padmore had conducted the management at the Huddersfield Station all the time he held office there. He had watched him very narrowly, and so had the people of Huddersfield, and he could say with confidence that the people of Huddersfield were a discerning people. They liked to see the right man in the right place; and he was sure that if Mr. Padmore conducted the business at Crewe — one of the most important junctions on the London and North Western’s numerous lines of railway — the London and North Western Company had got the right man in the right place…Huddersfield chronicle, 4 October 1862
George Moore was still the innkeeper at the Station Hotel at the time of William’s Testimonial but he had remarried, following the death of his wife Mary in 1856.