“The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts, 1690 to 1772. It allows access to over 210,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 3,000 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.
In addition to the text, accessible through both keyword and structured searching, this website provides digital images of all 190,000 original pages of the Proceedings, 5,000 pages of Ordinary’s Accounts, advice on methods of searching this resource, information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court and its Proceedings, and descriptions of published and manuscript materials relating to the trials covered. Contemporary maps, and images have also been provided.”
Historical Background to the Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Crime, Justice and Punishment
Types of crime, verdict and punishment; policing; trial procedures; judges and juries.
London and its Hinterlands
London life from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries; London’s rural hinterlands; population history of London; currency, coinage, and the cost of living; material london; transport.
Black communities; Chinese communities; Gypsies and Travellers; homosexuality; Huguenot and French London; Irish London; Jewish communities.
Gender in the Proceedings
Gender roles; feminism and the suffragettes; gender and crime, justice and punishment; researching gender in the Proceedings.
The Old Bailey Courthouse
Architectural history of London’s Central Criminal Court, 1673-1913.
Guide to unfamiliar judicial and historical terms.