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Old Bailey, London

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The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, commonly known as the Old Bailey from the street on which it stands, is a court in London and one of a number of buildings housing the Crown Court. Part of the present building stands on the site of the medieval Newgate gaol, on a road named Old Bailey that follows the line of the City of London's fortified wall (or bailey), which runs from Ludgate Hill to the junction of Newgate Street and Holborn Viaduct. The Old Bailey has been housed in several structures near this location since the 16th century, and its present building dates from 1902.The Crown Court sitting at the Central Criminal Court deals with major criminal cases from within Greater London and in exceptional cases, from other parts of England and Wales. Trials at the Old Bailey, as at other courts, are open to the public; however, they are subject to stringent security procedures.HistoryThe court originated as the sessions house of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London and of Middlesex. The original medieval court was first mentioned in 1585; it was next to the older Newgate gaol, and seems to have grown out of the endowment to improve the gaol and rooms for the Sheriffs, made possible by a gift from Richard Whittington. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt in 1674, with the court open to the weather to prevent the spread of disease.
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  • The biggest data operation in the UK is to put the huge records this place has on the court proceedings it has witnessed in its various incarnations. Even back in the day when Newgate was the prison t...  more »
  • Beautiful building. Tight, airport style security. Mobile phones can’t be taken in to the public galleries so we left them safe in the hands of a local business. Small bags are allowed (having been X-...  more »
  • Was in place at 09.30, Court "open" 10. We do not know in advance what targets are on G, but staff on each floor can tell you what this case is all about. Good insight into how the sitting Court "looks"; with the jury. Please note! No cell phone or camera! You must sit at least 30 minutes.
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