Episode 5

Death at Rode Hill House House

Season: 4 Episode: 5

Sometime during the night of 29—30 June 1860, Francis Saville Kent, who was three years old, disappeared from his father's residence, Rode Hill House, in the village of Rode, then in Wiltshire. Francis' body was later found in the vault of a privy-house on the property.

Detective Inspector Jonathan (Jack) Whicher of Scotland Yard was brought in to investigate the murder and he had an inkling who it was straight away but couldn't prove it.

The case shocked the nation and had so many twists and turns that it kept the newspapers busy for quite awhile.


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The Sunday Sun and Guardian 6 February 1944

Historic England

New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922

Find a Grave - Saville Kent

Find a Grave - Mary Kent


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Intro music by The Model Folk 


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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

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