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.

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

New Features: Research and Study Guides and Personal Workspaces

The improvements implemented in our JISC-funded latest update include:

  • A series of Research and Study Guides to help all users get the most out of this website.
  • Personal workspaces, which allow registered users to save, annotate, organise and export search results. For more information, see Using the Workspace.

For other changes, including search improvements, see What's New (March 2011).

Old Bailey Online Wins a Prize

In January 2011 co-directors Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker were awarded the Longman-History Today Trustees Award for their "major contribution to history over the past year or years" with the Old Bailey and London Lives projects.

London Lives, 1690-1800

A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names, the London Lives, 1690-1800 website is now available. Containing records relating to crime, poverty, and social policy in the metropolis, this sister site is designed to complement and extend the Old Bailey Proceedings Online.

Ordinary's Accounts

The website includes the texts of all known surviving Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts. These richly detailed narratives of the lives and deaths of convicts executed at Tyburn were published between 1676 and 1772.

Historical Background

For information about the Old Bailey Proceedings, see About the Proceedings.

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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