Two hundred years ago Spitalfields was home to Joseph Merceron, gangster and staggeringly corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth for half a century while presiding over the creation of London's poorest slums. From his base in Brick Lane he gave the East End its reputation for depravity and organised crime, while his ruthless version of local politics has echoes in London through to the present.
Julian Woodford describes the world of the silk-weaving Huguenot refugees of Spitalfields and reveals how Merceron controlled the East End while successive governments, desperate to stamp out radical republicanism after the French Revolution, turned a blind eye to his criminal operations and thereby abetted a social catastrophe. This talk will appeal to all those interested in Regency London and anyone fascinated by the capital's criminal history.
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Julian Woodford is the author of The Boss of Bethnal Green: Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London (Spitalfields Life Books, 3 November 2016). Books will be available on the night and Julian Woodford will be signing.