Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834 has records of 101,102 trials held at London's central criminal court between April 1674 and October 1834. The records may be searched by name, but it's much more fun to search by Crime, Verdict and Punishment. If you were to search for, say, any sexual offenses of which the defendant was found guilty and subsequently branded, you would get 108 results—proving that 18th-century Englishmen were not so boring as their novels would lead you to believe. Links to scanned images from the published Proceedings are generally provided.