Old Bailey Courthouse Proceedings
There are many websites that help us learn from the past. One of the great archival sites is the NINES website. This cite allows the user to go into different archives. One of them that a person can go into from the NINES website is The Old Bailey site. When you first go to the NINES website what you will see it the image below. This is the home screen of the website.
From here if you scroll down you will see a link to get to the Old Bailey Archives.
These archives can lead you to seeing the actual court dates and things that happened in the Victorian Era. There are many different things that you can access once you get to the website. Once you click on the link to go to the old bailey court proceedings there are many things that you can do. The image on the right is of the page of the old Bailey archives. From this page there are many places that one can go.
The first place of importance that I am going to take you to is the historical background of The Old Bailey Court and its proceedings. To get there all you have to do is click on the fourth tab on the top of the screen that says “Historical Background”. You will come to a page that is similar to this. If you click on any of the tabs on the left of the screen you can see many different things. The image on the right is what you will see if you were to click on Crime, Justice and Punishment. One of the more interesting things that one can view from those tabs is the location of where the court house was. If you click on the tab labeled “Old Bailey Courthouse” it will bring you to the history about where the courthouse is located. You would see the image on the left. This page shows the reader images along with text that is helpful in understanding the history of this Courthouse.
This is useful for the user because it allows people to further their knowledge about the court proceedings in the Victorian era.
If you go back to the home screen of the Old Bailey’s cite, you can also search different proceedings from year to year. The first step is to click on the “Search” tab at the top of the screen. By doing this you should see the image below. This will allow you to search for a specific court proceeding or you can choose on of the tabs you can see on the left hand side of the screen. I would suggest that if you don’t know exactly what you are searching for but you know the year that it happened to click on the tab “proceedings by date”. This will take you to a screen that has many decades listed from the 1670’s all the way to the 1910’s. I clicked on the 1670s tab by doing so I was able to reach the image below. From there one can click on a more specific date and the archive will pull up the proceedings from that specific day. You then have a choice to view either the overview of the proceeding or you can view the actual document.
This web archive can help many people understand the laws and who was punished for in London from the 1670s all the way to the early twentieth century. This is important for literary research because knowing the historical background helps readers understand why the author might have put something in about certain legal practices. A person can then be able to argue their point about said writing more effectively because they can trace their evidence back to the time the literature was written.