I just wanted to share a wonderfully interesting site I recently chanced upon:
Old Bailey Online
The site allows you to search and read digitised versions of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings (1674 to 1913) and of the Ordinary
of Newgate's Accounts (1676 and 1772). A fantastic resource for anyone like myself who is interested in London's social and criminal history.
In addition to providing an insight into the "everyday" crimes in London during this period, there is also the opportunity to read the proceedings of
more well-known cases, such as that of the recently vindicated Dr Crippen:
CRIPPEN, Hawley Harvey (48, dentist) was indicted for and charged on coroner's inquisition with the wilful murder of Cora Crippen, otherwise Belle
Mr. Muir, Mr. Travers Humphreys, and Mr. Oddie prosecuted; Mr. Tobin, K.C., Mr. Huntly Jenkins, and Mr. Roome defended.
HAWLEY HARVEY CRIPPEN (prisoner, on oath). I am 48 years of age: I am an American, and a doctor of medicine of the Cleveland Homoeopathic Hospital in
America; I have not been through a practical course of surgery but a theoretical course.
The site also allows you to extract data (in the form of tabled statistics) based on the key information you're interested in (e.g. month/year,
gender, offence, verdict, age of defendent etc) and links you to the associated cases.
For the social history buff, there are some interesting things to be found using this. For example:
* There were 4,169 highway robbery cases heard between 1674 and 1913, 4 of which were found guilty and received a "respited" punishment due to
* There were 1,077 sodomy cases heard between 1674 and 1913 resulting in 570 guilty verdicts and including 53 death sentences.
For those of you who wish to learn more about the Old Bailey:
The Old Bailey
Hope you enjoy exploring the site as much as I am
edit on 5/2/11 by lizziejayne because: typo