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Precinct of Bridewell (ex. par.)

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"On the South Side of Fleet Street . . .is Bride-lane, and therein Bridewel, of old Time the King's House; for the Kings of this Realm have been there lodged, and their Courts of Law have been there kept of old Time. And, 'till the 9th of Henry III. the Courts were kept in the King's House, wheresoever he was lodged, as may appear by antient Records. King Henry VIII. built there a stately and beautiful House, new, for the reception of the Emperor Charles V. who, in the Year 1522, was lodged himself at Black-fryars; but his Nobles in this new built Bridewel, a Gal'ery being made over the Water, and through the Wall of the City, into the Emperor's Lodging at Black-fryars. [John Stow, John Mottley. A survey of the cities of London and Westminster . . . (1733-35) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This place is located in Farringdon Without Ward.
Later united with St Bride Fleet Street 1864.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Precinct of Bridewell.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for Precinct of Bridewell (ex. par.) are provided by, or at various subscription sites via, the LDS FamilySearch wiki.


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on Precinct of Bridewell.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of Precinct of Bridewell, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.

Noble, T. C. Memorials of Temple Bar : with some account of Fleet Street, and the parishes of St. Dunstan and St. Bride, London: chiefly derived from ancient records and original sources. London : Diprose & Bateman, [1869] 140 pp. [Full Text] [Bridewell - see pp. 104-106.]

Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the Bridewell Precinct and Bridewell Precinct London districts.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for Precinct of Bridewell parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.