THE OLD BAILEY
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Between 1674 and 1834 the proceedings of the central criminal court in London, the Old Bailey, were published eight times a year. These records detail some 100,000 individual trials, and include approximately 60,000 pages of text. They represent the largest single source of information about non-elite lives and behaviour ever published, and provide a wealth of detail about everyday life, as well as valuable evidence of the circumstances surrounding crimes, the lives of the accused, and their trials. This project is creating a fully digitised and structured version of all surviving published trial accounts between 1674 and 1834 and making them available as a searchable online resource. Users are able to search for entries in specific fields, such as crime, or defendant's occupation, or search the whole text for any text string. It is also be possible to tabulate specific fields, such as sex of defendant by type of crime. Beyond this, information on related documents and sources found in the libraries and archives of London is linked to each trial, creating a trail of information that leads users from the internet to the original manuscript sources for eighteenth-century crime.
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A website, hosted by Sheffield University was launched in March 2003 with 22,000 trials (covering the period from December 1714 to December 1759).
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HISTORY OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE OLD BAILEY
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834
A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
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