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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The city Bridewell, Bridge Street, Blackfriars, was built over a holy well of medical water, called St. Bride’s Well, where was founded a hospital for the poor. After the Reformation, Edward VI. chartered this hospital to the city. Christ Church was given to the education of the young; St. Thomas’s Hospital to the cure of the sick; and Bridewell was made a penitentiary for unruly apprentices and vagrants.   1

 Bridegroom’s Men.Bridge of Gold. 


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