The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674–1913
Published accounts of trials at the Old Bailey, London’s criminal court until 1913, were originally intended for a popular audience, but evolved into a quasi-official court reporter. This database covers more than 190,000 trials from the period. The database is searchable by keyword, name, place, offense, verdict, punishment, time period, or any combination. Results are displayed as transcriptions, linked to digitized images of the original pages. Lengthy scholarly essays discuss Crime, Justice, and Punishment; London and its Hinterlands; Community Histories; Gender; and the Old Bailey Courthouse. A massive bibliography of mostly British publications supplements the essays. Social historians will find a goldmine here; genealogists can learn exactly why great-granddad got transported.