The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913, is a “fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court. If you are new to this site, you may find the Getting Started and Guide to Searching videos and tutorials helpful.” This site is hosted by The University of Sheffield, Humanities Research Institute and has no connection to the current Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court).

Search The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913 database. Searches can be made with keywords, surnames, given names, aliases, offenses, verdicts, punishments, time period, and more.

There is also an Associated Records Searchable database. “Over 25,000 books and documents in Libraries and Archives which contain evidence relating to trials described in the Proceedings have been identified and recorded in the Associated Records database for the period from 1674 to 1834 (and later for some printed ephemera).”

And the site has Historical Background information and other useful resources.


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