Searchable Records of 240 Years of Trials at the Old Bailey

A new searchable website contains records of nearly 200,000 trials, between 1674 and 1913 at the Old Bailey. The Old Bailey is the principal criminal court in London.

The New York Times article on the new website offers an in-depth look at the website and the trial trends from the past 240 years.

The Old Bailey offers a unique window into the criminal justice system and, by extension, British culture. The free searchable online archive, oldbaileyonline.org, contains accounts of nearly 198,000 trials between 1674 and 1913. “It’s the largest body of accurately transcribed historical texts online,” said Tim Hitchcock, a historian at the University of Hertfordshire in England and part of the team. “All of human life is here.”

 

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