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. If you are new to this site, you may find the Getting Started and Guide to Searching videos and tutorials helpful.

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April 2013 Update: Celebrating our Tenth Anniversary

April 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Old Bailey Online, and the 100th anniversary of the last published edition of the Old Bailey Proceedings. The year's update includes a few minor corrections. For further information, see What's New (April 2013).

Tales from the Old Bailey

A new BBC Two factual drama series brings to life some key trials from the Proceedings.

About this Project

A collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University, 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; the project manager is Sharon Howard and the chief technical officer is Jamie McLaughlin. 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.

On this day in... 1715

Nathaniel Parkhurst allegedly murdered a man and stabbed him 18 to 20 times. read more