Joseph Merceron (1764–1839) was a British property developer and magistrate notorious for his corrupt practices.
Early life and family
Merceron built on his father's wealth to expand the property development business. He became treasurer of the Bethnal Green vestry in 1787 and a magistrate in 1795. He was notorious for his corrupt practices.
Death and legacy
Merceron died in 1839. He is remembered in Merceron Street in Bethnal Green. In 2016 he was the subject of a biography by Julian Woodford titled The Boss of Bethnal Green: Joseph Merceron the Godfather of Regency London, published by Spitalfields Life Books.
- Review: "The Boss of Bethnal Green &c", Peter Guillery, London Topographical Society Newsletter, No. 87 (November 2018), pp. 18-19.
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