Research into the history of crime in London has been transformed since the proceedings of the Old Bailey went online in 2003, and the author of a new book on the subject admits that he visits this siteat least two or three times a week.

Drew Gray’s Crime, Prosecution and Social Relations: The Summary Courts of the City of London in the Late Eighteenth Century, reviewed here by Greg Smith, bears witness to the benefits that this increased access to the sources has provided, benefits that shoudl be magnified by the new London Lives resource – now available here and due to be comprehensively reviewed in the near future.