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A popular name for Bethlem Royal Hospital, the world's first psychiatric hospital, from which most other meanings are derived (originally a distorted Arabic for "Bethlehem")
Bedlam was founded in 1247 as a priory in BishopsgateStreet, for the order of St. Mary of Bethlehem, by Simon Fitz Mary, an Alderman and Sheriff of London.
In 1375 Bedlam became a royal hospital, taken by the crown on the pretext that it was an alien priory.
In January, 1547, King Henry VIII formally granted St. Bartholomew's hospital and Bedlam, or Bethlehem, to the city of London, on condition that the city spend a certain amount on new buildings in connection with St. Bartholomew's.
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