Homerton was nothing more than arable land until the Tudor period when it went through an upturn in status. In this period in history many grand estates and houses were built for the countries social elite. A relic from this time can be seen in the Tudor hunting lodge that is Sutton House, the oldest house in Hackney. Owned today by the national trust, it is open to the public and well worth a visit.
In the mid 1800s, the railway came to Homerton which led to industry locating here and then a surge of Victorian house building to accommodate the workers. These homes can still be seen today along places such as Homerton High Street and the many roads that lead off from it. Industry Around the 1960s and 70s, one of the most famous figures of industry in the area is probably the Matchbox toy factory set next to the River Lea. It was here that many a toy car was produced for the school children that were not allowed to bring in toys that were larger than a matchbox.
Homerton is fortunate, as with much of Hackney, it encompasses and is surrounded by greenery. There is Mabley Park, Victoria Park and Hackney Marshes all in the vicinity. In the near future, the district is set to benefit greatly from the 2012 Olympics, with Hackney Marshes and Victoria Park playing host to Olympic venues and cultural events. On a train line only 2 stops from Stratford, this will mean that when the Eurostar starts departing from there, Europe will only be a short distance away.
Homerton is already a vibrant place to live, and with the coming of the Olympics, it will really be something special.