Old Bailey

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Etymology[edit]

Originally "The Bailey", a street running outside the western wall of medieval London; from the word "bailey," a Middle English term for the outermost wall or court of a fortification. The courthouse built nearby in the 16th century, alongside old Newgate Prison, took its name from the street.

Proper noun[edit]

Old Bailey

  1. a street in the City between Holborn circus and St Paul's Cathedral
  2. the Central Criminal Court in this street