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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March 2017 Update

The majority of the site's search functions have now been restored, including: Personal Details, Ordinary's Accounts, Associated Records and Custom Search; wildcard and other advanced text search options; and the Old Bailey API. However, the map search and user workspaces cannot be restored at present. Please see Locating London's Past for an alternative mapping facility. We regret any inconvenience caused and continue to work towards the full restoration of all Old Bailey Online features.

See What's New (March 2015) for details of previous updates.

The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925

This new AHRC funded project is tracing the lives of 90,000 convicts sentenced at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875, comparing the penal outcomes of those sentenced to transportation and imprisonment. For more information, see the project page. This resource will be launched in September 2017.

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.

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