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The story behind the name...


Bridewell Palace

St Bride's Well


Clifden's Bridewell is over 200 years old and was named after the first such Bridewell in London

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London's Bridewell was originally a prison for "punishing disorderly and loose women and petty offenders"

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It became the model of a combined prison, hospital and workrooms that led to many others being opened, all called Bridewells

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The first Bridewell was on the site of Bridewell Palace, built for Henry VIII

in 1520

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A royal palace where the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was lavishly entertained

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Bridewell Palace was named after the nearby holy well of St Bride

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And St Bride was of course Ireland's St Brigid...

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Traditionally known as the Patron Saint of Brewing

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