Research showed that this may be the oldest engraved stone in Paddington.
I wrote the above in 1890. Since then the site of North Westminster Upper School has been redeveloped as housing and the Stone has wandered yet again.
Picture of the Alms House Stone
Paddington Almshouses were built in 1713-14 on a patch of land on the south side of the Harrow Road, between what was to become Church Place and Hermitage Street. These two streets have disappeared in their turn and the site of the Almshouse in 1990 became the north-west corner of North Westminster Community School grounds, near Dudley House.
The only surviving buildings in Paddington as old as the almshouses are the Black-Lion, near Queensway, and the Swan, near Lancaster Gate, both on the Bayswater Road. They have been extensively altered over the years, of course, while the Almshouse was demolished in 1869. Only the chimney stone and the watercolour seem to remain as a record of this building, erected over 300 years ago.