White Hart Lane railway station was originally a station on the Stoke Newington & Edmonton Railway which opened on 22 July 1872. From the Tudor period onwards, Tottenham became a popular recreation and leisure destination for wealthy Londoners. Henry VIII is known to have visited Bruce Castle and also hunted in Tottenham Wood. A rural Tottenham also featured in Izaak Walton's book The Compleat Angler, published in 1653. An incident occurred on 23 January 1909, which was at the time known as the Tottenham Outrage. Two armed robbers of Russian extraction held up the wages clerk of a rubber works in Chesnut Road. They made their getaway via Tottenham Marshes and fled across the Lea. On the opposite bank of the river they hijacked a Walthamstow Corporation tramcar, hotly pursued by the police on another tram. The hijacked tram was stopped but the robbers continued their flight on foot. After firing their weapons and killing two people, Ralph Joscelyne, aged 10, and PC William Tyler, they were eventually cornered by the police and shot themselves rather than be captured. Fourteen other people were wounded during the chase. The incident later became the subject of a silent film. This is the closest station (a 3 or 4 minute walk) to White Hart Lane Stadium.
The station is heavily used on football match days for local team Tottenham Hotspur, and there is a match day special timetable for this station with trains arriving and departing every few minutes at the station. On match days, there is an increase in the number of trains to and from Cheshunt and Enfield Town, as well as trains to/from Enfield Town and Cheshunt starting and terminating at here, also trains operating to/from Edmonton Green which start or terminate here or at Liverpool Street and some services non-stop to/from Liverpool Street. There is also frequent services between Liverpool Street - Enfield Town/Cheshunt/Edmonton Green via the Gospel Oak to Barking Line and Stratford to provide direct services stopping at Stratford (normally this service only runs three times a week). The station is also near to Bruce Castle Park, at which the annual Tottenham Carnival is held, usually in mid-June. On 31 May 2015 the station and all services that call here transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia to become part of the London Overground network. The station is in Travel Card Zone 3. The station has wi-fi and help points, but no toilets.
Connections: London Buses routes 149, 259, 279, 349 and W3 and night route N279 serve the station.