Joseph Merceron

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Joseph Merceron
OccupationProperty developer

Joseph Merceron (1764–1839) was a British property developer and magistrate notorious for his corrupt practices.

Early life and family[edit]

Joseph Merceron was born in 1764, the son of James Merceron, a Huguenot silk weaver who later became a pawnbroker in Brick Lane and a developer of poor quality property for rent.[1]


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.[2][3][4]

Death and legacy[edit]

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.[1]


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