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vincent  •  Link

great place for the Reformers to study the Common Justice system:
c.1553 Founding of Bridewell Hospital, London (see 1530-40).
London ca. 1676 London Prison
Bridewell's prominent position in the daily life of London is testified to by the frequency with which references to the prison appear in the literature of the period; it also serves as the setting for the fourth panel of William Hogarth's The Harlot's Progress.

Marked on map as tudor street between lugate/fleet and embankment and blackfriars place
Bridewell prison and hospital. Many (IN)famous people spent some of their Life studying the finer points of life:
Both Reeve and Muggleton (Muggletonians) were imprisoned in Old Bridewell Prison (London) during 1653 for their beliefs
The visionary Anna Trapnel.....she was an active part of the Fifth Monarchists......, she was arrested, putted on trial, and sent to Bridewell (the female London jail).
.....On the 17th January 1657, Nayler was taken to Bridewell Prison and locked into a damp, dark cell. He would remain there for two and a half years and, although the order was that he be kept without pen and paper, he managed to produce some of his finest work.1 It was gathered together and published in 1716:

Locatedbetween fleet street south to river & white fryers stairs to fleet river (now Blackfriars bridge)

a tale of Restoration intrigue by Molly Brown : Bridewell Palace:

David Quidnunc  •  Link

Sam and Bridewell after the diary years

He became a governor (member of the governing board?) of Bridewell Prison in 1675.

-- Claire Tomalin, "Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self," Chapter 21, p 297

Bill  •  Link

Bridewell, a manor or house, so called—presented to the City of London by King Edward VI., after an appeal through Mr. Secretary Cecil, and a sermon by Bishop Ridley, who begged it of the King as a Workhouse for the Poor, and a House of Correction "for the strumpet and idle person, for the rioter that consumeth all, and for the vagabond that will abide in no place."

But the gift was found before long to be a serious inconvenience. Idle and abandoned people from the outskirts of London and parts adjacent, under colour of seeking an asylum in the new institution, settled in London in great numbers, to the great annoyance of the graver residents. The citizens became alarmed, and Acts of Common Council were issued against the resort of masterless men "upon pretence to be relieved by the almes of Christ Church and Bridewell."

The house was destroyed in the Great Fire.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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