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Bridewell

(brīd`wəl), area in London, England, between Fleet St. and the Thames River. The Bridewell house of correction, demolished in 1863, was on the site of a palace built under Henry VIII and given by Edward VI to the City of London in 1553 for use as a training school for homeless apprentices. The building later became a prison. Bridewell thus came to be used as a general term for a prison or house of correction.
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Bridewells were not pleasant places, and they were not even run efficiently.
But in contrast to the old bridewells, where the labour was usually repetitive and meaningless, the prisoners at Northleach worked for money, typically spinning wool, plating straw or making wicker.
IF YOU'RE going to end up in the cells, you'll want them to be those at the Liverpool One Bridewell.
Yes, the Liverpool One Bridewell is certainly a Pub of Distinction.
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It's 40 years this year since a small group of artists first rented what was then a derelict police station and set up the Bridewell Studios.
Among the artists who have called the Bridewell home over the years are the late Adrian Henri and Maurice Cockrill, along with sculptor Stephen Broadbent and Ian McKeever.
A FREE evening of short animated films takes place at the Bridewell Gallery in Kensington tonight.
The Bridewell Gallery is at 101 Prescot Street and the free film evening starts at 7.
FOR more than 30 years the old Bridewell police station on Prescot Street has been used as artists' studios, run as a non-profitmaking co-operative.
Wewouldwelcome any photos, old maps, information or personal recollections of the Bridewell peoplemay have, andwould bewilling to sharewith us.