The station was opened on 19 July 1894 by the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway, and was originally situated east of Blackhorse Lane. The station was resited in 1968 and expanded by the addition of the underground platforms. The tube station opened on 1 September 1968.
The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was never completely finished. White ceiling panels were never fixed to the ceilings above the platforms; instead the steel tunnel segments were painted black and used to support the fixtures and fittings. This has had a detrimental effect on the lighting levels.