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Homerton is a London borough in the district of Hackney. Prior to the reformation and expansion in 1965, the borough was a town of London’s metro area. It borders Lower Clapton to the north, South Hackney to the south, Hackney Wick, Leyton to the east, and Hackney Central to the west.
The first mention of Homerton E9 comes from 1343, however, an 11th century building unearthed at Link Street suggests that the settlement is older. The name derives from Humberton or Hummerton that means “the farm of a woman called Hunburh”.
In the Middle Ages, Homerton supplied the London markets with beer, cheese, milk, fruits, and vegetables. In the Tudor period, the area turned into a popular suburb. Sutton House was built in 1535 and it was known as the Bryck Place.
Singer Marc Bolan and actor Ray Winstone were born here. White Stripe’s Elephant album was produced at a recording studio in Homerton. Artists such as Clifford Jarvis, Red Saunders, and Asian Dub Foundation performed at the Chats Palace.
Serving the area is Homerton railway station, with trains bound for Stratford to the east and Clapham Junction via Dalston Junction and Richmond to the west. The station was first opened in October 1, 1868. There are several bus routes (W15, 488, 425, 394, 308, 276, 242, and 236) as well as a night bus network (N26 route) that serve Homerton.
Homerton is home to the art center Chats Palace, which got its name from the adjacent Chatsworth Road. The center has presented numerous performances in a wide variety of mediums such as theater, comedy, dance, and music. In addition, Chats Palace hosts many classes for all age ranges and abilities and is available to rent various occasions and celebrations.