Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Unlocking family stories - Old Bailey Online

Three of the convicts in my family were tried at the Old Bailey in London -
Fifteen year old Mary Bateman was tried for theft of a silver watch in May 1788
Eighteen year old Uriah Moses was also tried for theft lace, handkerchiefs and other fabric in 1798
Twenty-three year old Richard Holland was tried in July 1806 for stealing a parcel from a cart.
The existing copies of the Proceedings of the Old Bailey have now been available online for ten years and often provide detailed information about those tried in the court - http://www.oldbaileyonline.org
A search for the record of the trial of Uriah Moses
provides detailed information about Uriah, his reason for being in court and his sentence.
The proceedings can be viewed as a transcription of the trial or as an image of pages from the original proceedings.
The Old Bailey Online website also contains additional information detailing the social history of London, especially in relation to crime.

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