• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bridewell A house of correction for the confinement of disorderly persons; -- so called from a hospital built in 1553 near St. Bride's (or Bridget's) well, in London, which was subsequently a penal workhouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bridewell A house of correction for the confinement of vagrants and disorderly persons. The name is now generally given to a prison in connection with a police-station, for the temporary detention of those who have been arrested by the police.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bridewell brīd′wel a house of correction: a gaol.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a palace near St Bride's Well in London.


In literature:

No man's child but his that to hit you must throw a stone over Bridewell Wall.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Another public granary was established in 1610 at Bridewell Palace.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
As soon as their true character is ascertained, the police drag its members to Court, where they are sentenced to Bridewell.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Mr. Cleek, let me have the pleasure of making you acquainted with Lieutenant Bridewell.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Forty or fifty night-walkers were sent every week to Bridewell, and numbers were induced to emigrate to the colonies.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
She learned that she had none, that her father had been arrested for vagrancy, and would be sent to the bridewell.
"Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic" by Olive Thorne Miller
Innumerable city knights we know, From Blue-coat Hospitals, and Bridewell flow.
"The True-Born Englishman" by Daniel Defoe
At the back of Whitefriars we come upon Bridewell, the site of a palace of the Norman kings.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Sarah Griffiths committed to Bridewell.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Bridewell and the stocks was the tune, and the big dog sang the chorus at my heels.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

But the kind Grave
Turns on you, and you feel the convict Worm,
In that black bridewell working out his term,
Hanker and grope and crave?
"There's A Regret" by William Ernest Henley