The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

Open location in Google Maps: 51.512873, -0.104700

10 Nov 2003, 5:58 a.m. - Pauline

Good ol' BRIDEWELL, a district of London between Fleet Street and the Thames, so called from the well of St Bride or St Bridget close by. From William the Conqueror's time, a castle or Norman tower, long the occasional residence of the kings of .England, stood there by the Fleet ditch. Henry VIII., Stow says, built there " a stately and beautiful house," specially for the housing of the emperor Charles V. and his suite in 1525. During the hearing of the divorce suit by the Cardinals at Blackfriars, Henry and Catharine of Aragon lived there. In 1553 Edward VI. made it over to the city as a penitentiary, a house of correction for vagabonds and loose women; and it was formally taken possession of by the lord mayor and corporation in 1555. The greater part of the building was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

5 Jun 2014, 6:41 p.m. - Bill

Bridewell. A well so called, between Fleet-street and the Thames, dedicated to St. Bride, and lending its name to a palace, a parish, a parish-church, and a House of Correction. ---Handbook of London: past and present. P. Cunningham, 1849.

4 Jun 2015, 2:48 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Bridewell's spiritual center as described above is here on the 1746 map.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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