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Meaning of BRIDEWELL

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 

 

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