[UK] Old Bailey Criminal Records On-line

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Old Bailey was and still is the central criminal court for England and Wales. It is located in central London and stands on part of the site of the Bailey to the ancient Fleet Prison that was demolished in the nineteenth century.. This court still hears the most serious criminal cases for London and much of the rest of the country. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey website contains a great collection of detailed records from some 200,000 criminal cases spanning roughly 240 years. This collection has been slowly increasing over time. Only the most hardened criminals ended up at the Old Bailey. If you want to know if you had any really interesting characters in your family tree access this free website go to:

To check it out by typing in some "typically Jewish sounding names" Cohen, Levy, Goldberg, Goldstein and found records including all of these names-either as witnesses or as the criminals.

The project  is a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Big Lottery Fund.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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