Person    | Male  Born 4/11/1910  Died 20/11/1964

Bernard Sunley

Categories: Commerce, Philanthropy

Property developer and philanthropist. Born 46 Jugela Street, Catford. Made his fortune in the re-building work after WW2. Died at home, 26 Harley Road, Hampstead.

This was the only picture we could find of him - a painting hanging on the wall in someone else's portrait photograph. Maybe he was very shy.

2015: Having read William Mitchell's book "Self Portrait: the Eyes Within" we can report that Sunley was not shy. He commissioned Mitchell a number of times and is reported as being a Vesuvius of a man: generous, quick to rage and keen on a drink.

2024: The 20th Century Society's page on Arlington House in Margate includes: "Having made his name and fortune building airfields during WWII, Sunley built extensively in the Caribbean in the 1950s, specialising in leisure and office complexes. Like many south Londoners, he was drawn back to the resort town of Margate ... Sunley died young of a heart attack in December 1964, aged 54. His investment in Margate did not prove to be a success. ... Bernard Sunley took the Caribbean model of ‘all-found’, beachfront, leisure developments, already familiar in Havana and Florida by 1960, and transported it to Margate."

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Bernard Sunley

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Bernard Sunley

City of Westminster Bernard Sunley, 1910 - 1964, contractor and philanthropi...

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Sunley and Icarus

Ayton also designed the unusual bronze plinth for this location, a garden ato...

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East Street Market

East Street Market

There has been street trading in this area since the sixteenth century. The current market specialises in African and Caribbean fruit and vegetables and household goods. East Street was, possibly, ...

Place, Commerce

1 memorial
George Hay and Company

George Hay and Company

Chartered accountants and registered auditors. They are based at the same address as the plaque and presumably contributed to its erection.

Group, Commerce

1 memorial
Queen's Assurance

Queen's Assurance

Established sometime in the 1850s.

Group, Commerce

1 memorial