The name Bridewell came from a well near the Fleet (New Bridge Street), dedicated to St Bride, and was attached to a house built by Henry VIII.
Opposite the Bluecoat formerly stood a Bridewell or House of Correction where " petty crimes " were punished by confinement and hard labor.
Shortly before his death Edward founded Christ's Hospital in the Grey Friars, and gave the old palace of Bridewell to the city " for the lodging of poor wayfaring people, the correction of vagabonds and disorderly persons, and for finding them work."
At first Christ's hospital shared a common fund with the two other hospitals of thefoundation(Bridewell and St Thomas's), but the three soon became independent.
One room, with and unglazed and barred window, was used as a ' bridewell ' for punishing miscreants.
Sir Arthur had spent many a long weekend with his friend at Bridewell, hoping to relieve the monotony of city life.
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