Saturday October 12th 2019 Lunchtime talk : The Bridewell, Argyle Street

12 Brothers, wives and friends attended a successful lunchtime talk. Brother President gave an interesting and varied lunchtime talk at the Bridewell, Argyle Street. The building was built in 1859 as one of the original Police stations and Lock-ups for Liverpool City Police. He explained the history of the word Bridewell for a Lock-up as dating back to the 16th Century and St Bridget’s Church and Well in the City of London which had an associated hostel which became a lock-up. All Bridewells had living accommodation above the cells on the first floor for the resident Sergeant or Inspector in charge.

It is believed that Charles Dickens worked from the Bridewell in the 1860’s as a Special Constable. In the 1980’s it was used as a recording studio by Frankie goes to Hollywood- amongst others. In a restored and furnished cell all enjoyed a light lunch with bread and cheese! It is now licensed premises, in which one can enjoy a leisurely drink in the now comfortable cells, which could host up to 12 miscreants!

£150.00 was raised in aid of Silver Line, which provides help and advice to the elderly.

The location: 1 Campbell Square,
Argyle Street
L1 5FB

Refurbished cell
The cell corridor – notice the original cell doors, with spy hole and sealed hatch.