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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 which 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 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, albeit 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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  • I'm surprised that so few people visit the public galleries of the Old Bailey. It's free, but if you enter a court, you must sit for a minimum of half an hour so as not to disrupt proceedings. You can...  more »
  • This is Britain and all it stands for at it's best. It is gritty, upsetting, fascinating, insightful, humbling and totally awesome. There is regalia and history and drama and procedure all rolled into...  more »
  • Today I visited what is the cornerstone of the British criminal judicial system and what an experience. If you have any interest in criminal law or are particularly following a trial then this is well...  more »