About the Proceedings

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

For advice on interpreting the Proceedings, you may find the tutorial on How to Read an Old Bailey Trial helpful.

Front cover of the Proceedings from 1729

Publishing History
Publishing history of the Proceedings from their inception in 1674 to the last issue in 1913.

Value as a Historical Source
The reliability of the Proceedings as a transcript of what happened in court.

The rise and fall of advertising in the back pages.

Associated Records
Other books and documents about crimes tried at the Old Bailey.

Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts
The sister publication of the Proceedings, containing biographies of executed criminals, 1676-1772.

Guide to unfamiliar terms.

OBPO Bibliography
A comprehensive bibliography of publications related to the Proceedings.