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The Bridewell on Campbell Square


Now a Bistro and Bar, the Bridewell was built in 1861 as a police statiion and local prison. The cells are still there, with diners enjoying the atmosphere within.

Bridewell is a generic term meaning house of correction and stems from th "Bridewell Palace", one of Henry VIII's residences. It was named after a well dedicated to St. Bride. In 1553 Edward VI gave the palce to the city of Lnodon and they used  it as a prison, poorhouse and hospital. Soon after the name became a general term for prisons.

To quote an old source they were used "for the correction of all strumpets, night-walkers, pickpockets, vagrants and incorrigible and disobedient servants".

The Bridewell is also connected to Charles Dickens, in 1860 he was sworn in as a special constable in the Liverpool Police Force to aid his research in writing The Uncommercial Traveller and was stationed at the Bridewell.

The strange shaped object in the foreground is a sculpture by the artist Stephen Broadbent and is called Seed, it was installed in 2002.

The Bridewell on Campbell Square


Now a Bistro and Bar, the Bridewell was built in 1861 as a police statiion and local prison. The cells are still there, with diners enjoying the atmosphere within.

Bridewell is a generic term meaning house of correction and stems from th "Bridewell Palace", one of Henry VIII's residences. It was named after a well dedicated to St. Bride. In 1553 Edward VI gave the palce to the city of Lnodon and they used  it as a prison, poorhouse and hospital. Soon after the name became a general term for prisons.

To quote an old source they were used "for the correction of all strumpets, night-walkers, pickpockets, vagrants and incorrigible and disobedient servants".

The Bridewell is also connected to Charles Dickens, in 1860 he was sworn in as a special constable in the Liverpool Police Force to aid his research in writing The Uncommercial Traveller and was stationed at the Bridewell.

The strange shaped object in the foreground is a sculpture by the artist Stephen Broadbent and is called Seed, it was installed in 2002.

comments (11)

This is absolutely great stuff Les: brilliant solid picture. I really do think this rather strange seed adds something to the composition too
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, the seed does grow on you after a while.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 06:20
I am such a fan of your PPing, Les. This is another fine example!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I just like using textures to get a different effect, I think I am addicted to them.
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 12 Mar 2008, 09:00
Great HDR image
Les Auld: Thanks Xavi, had a bit of photoshop post processing as well.
Interesting recycling of a building. Not sure about the seed though. Nice picture Les
Les Auld: Some you like, some you don't, thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:26
As a non-english speaker I would think of a Bridewell as a well where you can go fetch a bride. smile Such a history behind that name. At least you can bring your incorrigible servant here - and now have pie and a beer.

Great picture and another good application of the colour template thing.
Les Auld: Interesting connotation you have about Bridewell Louis, I love how words evolve and change over the years. Thanks for the comment.
Interesting contrast between the old building and the modern sculpture Les, and as usual I am enjoying your detailed description of what we are looking at.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, can't beat a bit of history to add to the image.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 12 Mar 2008, 17:14
superb composition and even better post processing Les, one of your best for me smilesmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, glad you like it.
Great work on color saturation ! Thumbs up !!
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, I'm starting to like partially desaturated images.
  • Ellie
  • chilly and windy UK
  • 13 Mar 2008, 00:03
I love the picture, but unfortunately all the different architectural styles and that, errm, thing, really don't work too well together, do they?
Les Auld: So right about the styles Ellie, I suppose I could have demolished the new buildings in Photoshop. Thanks for the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 10:58
Very subtle use of colours Les. Was wondering why police stations across Britain and Ireland were called Bridewell. There's one in Cork where I grew up...still used as a police station...then I realised there's an explanation above DOH!
Les Auld: Thanks David, I am getting to like the semi de-saturated look.
Nice pic and PP
Les Auld: Thanks Nigel, appreciate the comment.

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