The Old Bailey

The Old Bailey is the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales. In the 19th century (as depicted in this image), the Old Bailey was a small court adjacent to Newgate gaol. Hangings were a public spectacle in the street outside until May 1868. The condemned would be led along Dead Man's Walk between the prison and the court, and many were buried in the walk itself. It has been the subject of many works on capital punishment, including those published by Michel Foucault.

Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin


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