EVENTS

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The Boss of Bethnal Green (cover by David Pearson)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday 18 November 2017: Write Idea Festival, Whitechapel

[DETAILS TBC]

Saturday 18 November 2017: Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral presents a day of talks about London, looking at its stories, old and new. I will be joining three other London writers to talk about our recent books. (Tickets here)

10.00-11.15am: Virginia Rounding – The Smithfield Martyrs

11.30am-12.45 pm: George Goodwin – Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father

2.00pm-3.15pm: Caroline Shenton – Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament

3.30pm-4.30pm: Julian Woodford – The Boss of Bethnal Green, Joseph Merceron the Godfather of Regency London

In his compelling and eloquent new biography, Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764 -1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Georgian London.

Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his house in Brick Lane for half a century, he gave the East End the bad reputation that still lingers today, and the exploits of recent gangsters and political miscreants pale by comparison with Joseph Merceron’s staggering violence and ruthlessness.

Julian Woodford’s shrewd biography — the first on this subject — is essential reading for all those interested in eighteenth century London, anyone fascinated by the capital’s criminal history and everyone who loves an exciting true story well told.’

PAST EVENTS

 

Thurs 25 May 2017: Antique Beat Salon no. 46

Capital Crimes! What lies beneath?

MAX DECHARNE + JULIAN WOODFORD

6.30pm

Westminster Arts Library
35 St Martins Street
London WC1

Ticket includes a sentence of Hendricks Gin Cocktail

Admission: £6.50/8.50 In advance only.

London has always been a criminal city, although these days it may be city traders rather than highwaymen who are doing the dirty work.
Join us and two authors to dip a toe into the murky world of the capital’s underworld.

Firstly, JULIAN WOODFORD will uncover the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764-1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Georgian London. Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his base in Brick Lane for half a century, Merceron gave the East End the bad reputation that still lingers today, while the exploits of recent mobsters and political miscreants pale by comparison with his staggering violence and ruthlessness.

Then MAX DECHARNE, author of Capital Crime, will be taking us on a whirlwind tour of the history of crime in London over the centuries, and in particular the case of a London murder committed in 1917 during an air raid, which initially went unnoticed as the victim was thought to have simply gone missing from their home in order to get away from the bombing.’

Julian Woodford is creator of the London History blog. He combines a city career with a passion for London’s history. His first book, ‘The Boss of Bethnal Green’, was published to great acclaim by Spitalfields Life Books in November 2016.

Max Décharné is an author, songwriter and musician. He has recorded numerous albums and singles. A regular contributor to Mojo magazine since 1998, his books include Capital Crimes, Hardboiled Hollywood, King’s Road, the jive-talk dictionary Straight From The Fridge, Dad, and the definitive history of rockabilly music, A Rocket in my Pocket. His new book, Vulgar Tongues – An Alternative History of English Slang, is published by Serpent’s Tail.

See more at: Antique Beat

Thurs 4 May 2017: The Wanstead Tap

7.30 pm, Arch 352, Winchelsea Road, London E7 0AQ

The Boss of Bethnal Green: Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London
by Julian Woodford

Meet Joseph Merceron, the Boss of Bethnal Green – the Regency overlord who set the template for criminality and corrupt politics in the East End… Writer Julian Woodford explores his life and legacy. This talk will appeal to all those interested in Regency London and anyone fascinated by the East End’s criminal history.

National Portrait Gallery (lunchtime lecture)

Thursday, 15th December 2016, 13:15; Ondaatje Wing Theatre.

200 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. Biographer Julian Woodford explores his life and legacy.

The Society Club (Shoreditch)

Wednesday, 30th November, 7.00pm, 3 Cheshire Street, London E1 6ED

East London History Society

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 7.30pm, Latimer Congregational Church Hall, Ernest Street, London E1.

Waterstones Piccadilly

Tuesday 8th November, 2016, 7.30.pm.

The Gentle Author presents “The Boss of Bethnal Green – Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London” with Julian Woodford.

Launch event

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, Hanbury Hall, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields E1.

Spitalfields Life Books and the Huguenots of Spitalfields present ‘The Boss of Bethnal Green’. 

 

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