What does BRIDEWELL mean?

BRIDEWELL meaning in General Dictionary

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

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  • 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.

BRIDEWELL meaning in Law Dictionary

In The United Kingdomt. A house of modification.


BRIDEWELL meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"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.


BRIDEWELL meaning in General Dictionary

(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.


Sentence Examples with the word BRIDEWELL

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.

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