a home of correction when it comes to confinement of disorderly persons so-called from a hospital built in 1553 near St Brides or Bridgets well in London that was afterwards a penal workhouse
- a residence of modification for confinement of disorderly individuals; -- so named from a medical center built-in 1553 near St. Bride's (or Bridget's) really, in London, that was subsequently a penal workhouse.
In The United Kingdomt. A house of modification.
"prison," 1550s, from Bridewell, residence of modification in London, originally a royal lodging (written by Edward VI for a hospital, later changed into a prison) near Bride's Well, brief for St. Bridget's Well.
(letter.) A residence of modification for the confinement of disorderly persons; -- so-called from a hospital built-in 1553 near St. Bride's (or Bridget's) really, in London, that was consequently a penal workhouse.
The name Bridewell came from a well near the Fleet (New Bridge Street), dedicated to St Bride, and was attached to a house built by Henry VIII.