Central Criminal Court


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Material Conditions of Writing P. D. James
PDJ did two kinds of first-hand research for this novel: into law practice (months spent in The Old Bailey , on the phone to barristers, and having coffee with judges) and into the...
Other Life Event Mary Carleton
MC stood trial for bigamy at the Old Bailey criminal court in London; she was acquitted.
Carleton, Mary. The Arraignment, Tryal and Examination of Mary Moders, otherwise Stedman, now Carleton. N. Brook, 1663.
politics Emmeline Pankhurst
EP was tried at the Old Bailey for property crimes related to her activism and sentenced to three years' penal servitude.
Pankhurst, Sylvia. The Life of Emmeline Pankhurst. Kraus Reprint, 1969.
125-8, 129-30, 135
Mitchell, David J. The Fighting Pankhursts: A Study in Tenacity. MacMillan, 1967.
Reception Elizabeth Cellier
EC was imprisoned in Newgate to await trial at the Old Bailey criminal court for her publication (which Jacob Tonson , reporting this, called a Libell upon the whole Government. At the same time, by...
Textual Production Sybille Bedford
She became interested in the reputed Bluebeard of the time after writing an article for Vogue on the Old Bailey .
Bedford, Sybille. Quicksands. Counterpoint, 2005.
Adams had been tried for murder the previous year and acquitted. A doctor...
Textual Production Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The antecedents of Braddon's work were both print and stage melodrama, and as her career progressed her work increasingly reflected the influence of French realists and naturalists: Flaubert , Balzac , and Zola .
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland, 1979.


During these 30 years almost 50% of defendants before the criminal courts in London were women.
The Treason Act first allowed defence counsel to play a part in criminal trials: for high treason only.
Shortly before 15 January 1753
A woman tried at the Old Bailey for prostitution and theft (stealing a client's watch) testified that she was not a regular whore, and only took the watch when the man went back on his...
5 November 1794
Thomas Hardy was acquitted at the Old Bailey of high treason, after a trial which had opened on 28 October 1794.
The Old Bailey in London was re-organised as the Central Criminal Court.
The Old Bailey (now the Central Criminal Court ) became a fashionable scene of entertainment during the murder trial of the Mannings.
5 January 1921
The Manchester Guardian reported the summoning of the first women to serve on the juries of the Central Criminal Court as an event of considerable importance in England's judicial history.
Woman Correspondent, A. “12 January 1921, Women’s new sphere jury service”. Guardian Weekly, p. 22.
Following a police raid on the Plymouth premises of Economy Educator Services Ltd , a destruction order for ten book titles was issued under the Act of 1857.
30 May 1972
The trial opened at the Old Bailey Court No. 1 in London of the Stoke Newington Eight (anarchists and libertarians including several women), accused of conspiring as the Angry Brigade in various bombing incidents.