Indeed, Stratford has been inhabited since Roman times, and was an important trade and industry hub from the 11th century on. A glance at a map of Stratford reveals its varied past through its street names – from the tidal mills of Temple Mills, Pudding Mill and Three Mills to the Norman estates of Chobham and the Cistercian abbey built by Wiliam de Montfichet.
Stratford now forms the Park’s major entrance, with Stratford International and Stratford regional stations connecting the Park with the rest of London. During the Games, hundreds of thousands of people used these stations to come to the Park, and these will now be at the heart of providing transport to new residents in the Park’s five new neighbourhoods.
Those residents will take advantage of the incredible variety that Stratford has to offer, from the many options available at Westfield Stratford City to the diverse markets, shops, cafes and pubs of Stratford’s historic town centre.
Major universities like the University of East London and Birkbeck have campuses in the town, and cultural options include renowned regional theatre Stratford East and an arts and entertainment scene stretching from dance and physical theatre at Stratford Circus to a unique take on storytelling at the Discover Children’s Story Centre.