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The Bridewell 1775-1838

 
 
The Bridewell 1775-1838 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
1. The Bridewell 1775-1838 Marker
Inscription. This Georgian style gray stone structure served as New York City’s largest prison. The name of the building came from a common 18th century English term for a jail. In 1776, when British forces occupied New York City, hundreds of captured American soldiers were held in The Bridewell. The raised stone markers placed inside City Hall Park indicate the original location of the structure.
 
Location. 40° 42.741′ N, 74° 0.458′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Broadway, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the sidewalk at the western edge of City Hall Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10279, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Poles (a few steps from this marker); British Soldier’s Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Woolworth Building (a few steps from this marker); First Almshouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Federal Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); September 11, 2001 Living Memorial Grove (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nathan Hale (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker.
Marker near City Hall Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
2. Marker near City Hall Park
The stones that indicate the site of the prison can be seen in this photo in front of the marker.
A badly worn picture appears at the top of the marker. It has a caption of “Lithograph, 1860, George Hayward, D. T. Valentine's Manuals. Looking northeast across Broadway to the Bridewell, with City Hall to the right, circa 1820.”
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Bridewell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
3. The Bridewell
These stones, found in front of the marker in City Hall Park, mark original location of the Bridewell.
Site of the Bridewell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
4. Site of the Bridewell
The stone markers of the former prison can be seen in this photo looking south in City Hall Park. Broadway can be seen on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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