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Old bridewell, Deptford Church Street, c.1841

Old bridewell, Deptford Church Street, c.1841

Artist: Clennell

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Additional MS 31331

Item number: f.32

Length: 21.5

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Bridewells were prisons used in the 18th century and early 19th century to house petty criminals. The popular name 'bridewell' derives from St Bride's Well, a holy well in the City of London, near which Henry VIII had a lodging of the same name. After Henry's death, this lodging was donated from the royal estates by Edward VI for use as a hospital. In the 18th century, the building was converted for use as a prison.

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