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Its later development as a passenger line led to the redevelopment in the 1880s of the mediaeval core of the village on Homerton High Street with Victorian dwellings and public houses, and speculative building on the lands either side of Homerton High Street. By the 1860s, London fell prey to epidemics of fever.

The 200 bed Eastern Fever Hospital was founded in September 1870 by the Metropolitan Asylums Board to prevent contagion.

In the 18th century the availability of land, large houses and tolerance to dissenters made Homerton a popular place to found institutions.

The educational ones were commonly known as Dissenting Academies.

Notable nonconformist ministers preached at the Old Gravel Pit.

The moral and political philosopher Richard Price, known for his support of the American Revolution, became morning preacher in 1770, while continuing his afternoon sermons at Newington Green Chapel, on the green where he lived.

Prone to flooding, the marshes were primarily used for grazing.

A Roman stone causeway was discovered in the 1770s.

Upper Homerton was divided from the village of Hackney by the width of the rectory manor's Church Field, and a path led to the churchyard.By 1605 Homerton was the most populous part of the Parish of Hackney, becoming a separate parish in 1846.In mediaeval times, Homerton, like much of Hackney, was predominantly rural and arable crops were grown, together with fruit and vegetables for the City of London markets.Burke's rebuttal "Reflections on the Revolution in France" attacked Price, whose friends Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft leapt into the fray to defend their mentor.The reputation of Price for speaking without fear of the government on these political and philosophical matters drew huge crowds to his sermons, which were published and sold as pamphlets (i.e. Another eminent minister was the formidable polymath, Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen.

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