Bride"well (&?;), n. 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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bridewell, a house of correction in Blackfriars, London, so called
from St. Bridget's well, near it.
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