The following is an extract from the Guardian newspaper's legal column. I hope that this is the correct place to put it:
There is "a new website
which will eventually contain 100,000 reports of Old Bailey trials between 1674 and 1834. Some 22,000 are already available. They are from a popular periodical, The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, bought by a public fascinated by criminal trials.
A few examples. In 1725 Peter Matson "called for a Pint of Beer, which he drank, and called for another ... Two Soldiers were then in the same room. Some difference arising betwixt them and the Prisoner, he call'd them King George's Bulldogs and said King James the Third had more right to the Crown than King George." He was convicted of using seditious words against his Majesty and "drinking the Pretender's Health".
There is a lengthy and hilarious account of the trial of a maid accused of assault after her mistress blamed her for putting too little butter on a guest's bread.
Sexual shenanigans abound, as in the trial of Julius Cesar Taylor, accused of assault "with an intent to commit that horrid and detestable sin of sodomy". The evidence was that he had sat "on the Lap of John Burgess when they committed such indecent and effeminate actions as are not to be mentioned".