2006-01-07

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is a fun website to search through, or even just to browse. It is a fully searchable online edition of all proceedings of the Old Bailey in London from 1674 to 1834.

When searching, you can search via keyword, surname, and place amongst other things. For example, a list of all people with the surname of Double can be obtained. From there we can see a number of people with the surname of Double, both as defendants, Jury members and victims. The original text of the proceeding can be read:

Thomas Street and John Double , of St. Andrew’s Holbourn, were indicted for burglariously breaking the House of John Airy , and entering in the Night-time, and stealing a Gown, a Stuff Gown, two Pair of Stays, a Wastecoat, two Pair of Breeches, and other Goods , the 19th of March last.

An especially cool feature is clicking on the location of the event, and seeing an old map with that location identified. Even without looking up crime information it makes a useful map search!

It proves to be a useful genealogy tool as you can search for ancestors to see if they ever appeared before the Old Bailey, or search for the areas they lived in to get maps and information on crimes that occurred in that area.

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