Getting started on the Old Bailey Site
You can find details of all these cases on the website Old Bailey Online. The site includes a video tutorial with search tips and further advice to help you navigate this rich source of archive.Getting started - video tutorial
Case 1: The Molly House Raids, 1726
Following a raid on Mother Clap’s “Molly House”, one man accuses another of the crime of sodomy.Case 1: The Molly House Raids, 1726
Case 2: Blackmail – Thomas and James Brown, 1759
The trial of two blackmailing brothers, James and Thomas Brown, who operated in London parks and alleyways in the 1750s and 60s. In Birdcage Walk one night in 1759 they threatened to accuse servant John Parker of sodomy if he did not hand over his money and silver buckles…Case 2: Blackmail – Thomas and James Brown, 1759
Case 3: Princess Seraphina, 1732
‘Princess Seraphina’, a hugely flamboyant cross-dresser accuses another man of theft.Case 3: Princess Seraphina, 1732
18th Century Ballads
The programme includes two 18th century ballads sung by Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie. You can find the texts of “Bumography” and “The Game at Flats” on Rictor Norton’s website.18th Century Ballads
Professor Amanda Vickery is the prize-winning author of The Gentleman's Daughter (Yale University Press, 1998) and Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale University Press, 2009). She is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She lectures on British social, political and cultural history.Amanda Vickery
Amanda reviews for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, Front Row and Woman’s Hour. Her TV series At Home with the Georgians aired on BBC2 in December 2010. She was a judge of the 2011 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize.
The programme was recorded on location in Lincoln’s Inn, where barristers have been beavering away for centuries. But outside their chambers, this was one of the naughtiest places in London – a notorious gay cruising ground, and site of the `bog-house`, the public toilets which were a place of assignation.Lincoln's Inn
London Lives is the sister site to Old Bailey Online. It makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, many of which concern the same individuals who appeared at the Old Bailey.London Lives
The site includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages and over 3.35 million names.
Rictor Norton's book:
Rictor Norton’s seminal book on gay culture of the 18th century is “Mother Clap’s Molly House – The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830”. The Chalford Press, 1992. ISBN: 1-84588-344-6.
Garrow’s Law is a BBC television series also set in the 18th century legal world. The drama is inspired by the life of pioneering barrister William Garrow. A new series will begin later this year.Garrow's Law