The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is a new website that is 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.” It is a “fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts, 1690 to 1772. It allows access to over 210,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 3,000 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.” As well as these text documents, the site also features:

  • Digital images of “all 190,000 original pages of the Proceedings
  • 5,000 pages of Ordinary’s Accounts
  • Advice on methods of searching this resource
  • Information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court and its Proceedings
  • Descriptions of published and manuscript materials relating to the trials covered
  • Contemporary maps and images

You can access the Proceedings of the Old Bailey through the Library Catalogue.