The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

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.

To search the Proceedings use the boxes on the right or go to the Search Pages.

What's New?

Trials between November 1834 and April 1913 and the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1690 and 1772 have now been added. See What's New.

The Metropolis on Trial, 10-12 July 2008

An international conference to celebrate the completion of the Old Bailey Online project.

Historical Background

For information about the Old Bailey Proceedings and the Ordinary's Accounts, see About the Proceedings, and the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts.

For further information see Crime, Justice and Punishment, London and its Hinterlands, Community Histories, Gender in the Proceedings, and the History of the Old Bailey Courthouse.

About this Project

A collaboration between the Open University, and the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield, this project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Big Lottery Fund. Project Directors are Clive Emsley, Tim Hitchcock, and Robert Shoemaker. It is published by HRI Online Publications, and technical services were provided by the Higher Education Digitisation Service and HRI Digital at the Humanities Research Institute. See About this Project.

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