Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Paddington n.

[Tyburn, the site of London’s main 18C gallows, was in the then village of Paddington, near Marble Arch]

Pertaining to judicial execution

In compounds

Paddington fair (day) (n.) [also a pun on the actual Paddington Fair]

[mid-17C–early 19C] (UK Und.) the hanging day, the day of execution.

Paddington (frisk) (n.)

[mid-18C–early 19C] hanging, death by hanging; often as dance the Paddington frisk.

Paddington spectacles (n.)

[early 19C] the hood that is pulled over the condemned man’s head before the hanging.