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Jonathan Tyers plaque unveiled in Bermondsey

James Hatts

A plaque has been unveiled in Bermondsey to tell the story of Jonathan Tyers, after whom the Tyers Estate and Tyers Gate are named.

Jonathan Tyers plaque unveiled in Bermondsey
Jonathan Tyers plaque unveiled in Bermondsey

The plaque, which was unveiled in Tyers Gate last month, is the fruit of research by local historian Jennie Howells.

Jonathan Tyers was born on Bermondsey Street in 1702 to a family of wool-staplers.

He is best known as the manager of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens which he operated from 1728 and turned into a fashionable place of entertainment.

After his death in 1767 Tyers was buried in St Mary Magdalen Church.

The family name persists in Bermondsey at the 1930s-built Tyers Estate and on the street known as Tyers Gate which links Bermondsey Street with Leathermarket Gardens.

In Vauxhall, Tyers has two streets named after him: Jonathan Street and Tyers Street.

The plaque has been funded by Leathermarket JMB and Southwark Council.

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