Named after one of the two companies that formed the Tottenham & Forest Gate Railway, the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway and the Midland Railway, which was formed by an Act of Parliament of 1890 and built as a joint venture. The nearby station was opened on July 9, 1894 and originally called Leyton. The line was authorised at the request of Sir Courtenay Warner, a property developer who owned land in Walthamstow, in order to serve the new developments there. On the opposite side of Leyton High Road is Tilbury Road.
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