bridewell

bridewell

[brahyd-wel, -wuhl]
noun British.
a prison.

Origin:
1545–55; after a prison that formerly stood near the church of St. Bride in London

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bridewell (ˈbraɪdˌwɛl, -wəl)
 
n
a house of correction; jail, esp for minor offences
 
[C16: after Bridewell (originally, St Bride's Well), a house of correction in London]

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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.
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