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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary.
 
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. Marker is located on the sidewalk at the western edge of City Hall Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10279, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Soldiers' Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Woolworth Building (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Poles (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Woolworth Building
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.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Freedom Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); New York City Hall Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Croton Fountain 1842-1870 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this 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.”
 
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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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