- a prison.
Origin of bridewell
Examples from the Web for bridewell
To this it was remarked, that they were only fit for Bridewell.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
Another public granary was established in 1610 at Bridewell Palace.The History of London
Labour is sweet, sir: but not hard labour in the dungeons of a Bridewell.What Will He Do With It, Complete
"I was not speaking of the Bridewell, but of the Prison," I said.The Reckoning
Robert W. Chambers
Thence home and to the Tower to see the men from Bridewell shipped.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
- a house of correction; jail, esp for minor offences
Word Origin and History for bridewell
"prison," 1550s, from Bridewell, house of correction in London, originally a royal lodging (given by Edward VI for a hospital, later converted to a prison) near Bride's Well, short for St. Bridget's Well.