The BackTracker History Show

The Backtracker

Based in the UK, this self confessed history geek takes you for a stroll down memory lane and shares stories and interesting nuggets of information that has been discovered along the way. From tales of tragedy and sadness to epic stories of human courage or creativity, there are many people in history who have made their mark, however small. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to share or leave feedback. It all helps! Keep in touch via either Twitter or Facebook by using @BackTrackerUK read less
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Season 5

The Murderous Bank Robber
Jan 8 2024
The Murderous Bank Robber
The Murderous Bank Robber Season: 5 Episode: 2 It was a normal Friday afternoon in Knowle, Bristol, when a man was spotted acting suspiciously near the Lloyds Bank. Little did they know that the day would end with a robbery of £1,444 which would spark a nationwide manhunt, and a murder still unsolved 66 years laterCASTJohn Rowe - Tony AllenMurderer - Joe WilsonChief Det. Supt F. Carter - Steve YeoDr Hassan - Steve SheperdPolice Officer - Marcus KP THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESThe National ArchivesSunday Mail (Glasgow) - Sunday 09 January 1949Bradford Observer - Thursday 13 January 1949Gloucester Citizen - Thursday 10 March 1949Lincolnshire Echo - Thursday 15 September 1949Western Morning News - Friday 16 September 1949Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Friday 23 September 1949Daily Mirror - Friday 23 September 1949-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk Back In The Day music by Freesoundmusic© THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2024
The Amazing Victoria Drummond (Part Two)
Jan 22 2024
The Amazing Victoria Drummond (Part Two)
The Amazing Victoria Drummond (Part Two) Season: 5 Episode: 4 Victoria Drummond was the first female marine engineer in the UK and the first British woman to serve as chief engineer with the Merchant Navy, but all this was earned through sheer determination and a driving force to spend her life doing what she loved, regardless of the perceived boundaries. In this episode, we look at how she won her M.B.E for bravery and the latter part of her inspirational life. CASTVictoria Drummond - Rose HaylesTHIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESThe Remarkable Life of Victoria Drummond, Marine Engineer - Cherry Drummond. Institute of Marine Engineers, 1994National Records of ScotlandLiverpool MuseumAncestryHistory Extra-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk Back In The Day music by Freesoundmusic© THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2024
The Babbacombe Murder Mystery (Part One)
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The Babbacombe Murder Mystery (Part One)
The Babbacombe Murder Mystery (Part One) Season: 5 Episode: 7 Emma Anne Whitehead Keyse was a single lady of 68 years old. She was born in Edmonton, London, in 1816. She lived at The Glen with four helpers. One of them was John Lee, who did various jobs. Elizabeth Harris was the cook, and she had asked Emma to give her half-brother, John Lee, a job a few months before. The other helpers were Jane and Eliza Neck, who were sisters and had worked for Emma for over 40 years. Saturday, the 15th February 1884 would be a day that would change the household forever. Listen to part one of this amazing story and try to decide for yourself what could have possibly happened.CASTJohn Lee - Steve YeoElizabeth Harris - Kate KendellExpress and Echo - Cerise ReedFrank Patterson - Steve SheperdTHIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESCumbernauld News - Thursday 23 December 1971 [1]Sunday Post - Sunday 22 December 1946Western Morning News - Thursday 20 November 1884Illustrated London News - Saturday 29 November 1884Epsom Journal - Tuesday 09 December 1884Aberdeen Press and Journal - Saturday 07 February 1885Leeds Mercury - Friday 20 December 1907North Devon Journal - Thursday 28 January 1909AncestryFind-A-Grave-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk Back In The Day music by Freesoundmusic© THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2024

Season 4

The Battle of Lansdown Hill
Jan 16 2023
The Battle of Lansdown Hill
Season: 4 Episode: 2 A subject suggested by Julian Humphrys from Surrey who's a huge history fan. It also happens to be the 380th anniversary of this significant event. If the the outcome had been different, history as we know it would be considerably changed. Sir Ralph Hopton's Royalist forces came across Waller's commanding position on Lansdowne Hill on 4 July and were unpleasantly surprised at its strength. Find out what happened next in one of the most important battles in history!THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESTog hill House FarmBath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 09 July 1932Bath Field Club, vol. vi., No. 11. (1887), p. 177)"Monarchy versus Parliament: England in the 17th century" André KrowkeBath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 07 July 1945Encyclopedia BritanicaShoreditch Observer - Saturday 15 December 1883Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 31 March 1864 [2]Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 26 July 1866-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2022
Death at Rode Hill House House
Feb 6 2023
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.THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESThe Sunday Sun and Guardian 6 February 1944Historic EnglandNew South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922Find a Grave - Saville KentFind a Grave - Mary Kent-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2023
The Wick Murder
Mar 6 2023
The Wick Murder
Season: 4 Episode: 8 James Ricketts had gone to Bristol to deliver a cartload of potatoes and was just heading back home at 4pm. He had stopped off at the Carpenter's Arms, Two Mile Hill for a drink where he was joined by a strange man whom he eventually left with. Whilst they had been in the pub, James had shown the man his canvas bag full of money from the sale of the potatoes. What happened next stunned the country but what people couldn't understand was, why did it happen?Listen to the real words from the hearings to find out what the witnesses and experts had to say about this crime.THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESLloyd's Weekly Newspaper - Sunday 30 January 1898Bristol Mercury - Thursday 03 February 1898Bristol Mercury - Saturday 05 February 1898Glasgow Herald - Wednesday 23 February 1898AncestryUseyourlocal-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2022
The Punch Drunk Murder
Mar 27 2023
The Punch Drunk Murder
Season: 4 Episode: 11 Bousquet, who boxed under the name of Del Fontaine, was convicted and sentenced at the Old Bailey. His subsequent appeal, on the grounds that he was " punch drunk" through boxing, and insane at the time of the crime was dismissed. The good-looking Fontaine was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to death. The execution in London aroused great emotion. His friends and fellow boxers pleaded for his life, saying a man suffering from depression – and also possibly punch-drunk after 98 fights – was not responsible for his actions.Listen to this story and decide for yourself whether you think the law made the right decision.THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESDaily Herald - Saturday 20 July 1935Belfast Telegraph - Thursday 03 October 1935Western Daily Press - Wednesday 30 October 1935Daily Mirror - Wednesday 30 October 1935Bristish ExecutionsMindFloss-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2023
The Rescue at Robin Hood's Bay
Apr 3 2023
The Rescue at Robin Hood's Bay
Season: 4 Episode: 12 A plaque at the top of The Bank at Robin Hood’s Bay tells the story of a heroic rescue which took place 19th January 1881, when a collier brig the ‘Visiter’ foundered in a violent storm whilst carrying a cargo of coal from Newcastle to London. The vessel, registered at Whitby and locally owned, was by then elderly, having been built in 1823 at Sunderland. She had sailed as far south as Flamborough. but a south-easterly gale prevented further progress, tearing the sails to shreds and driving her back up the coast past the cliffs of what is now known as Ravenscar, though in those days was called Peak.Things got worse as she took on more and more water through the night. The Master thought that setting down the anchor would help them ride out the storm but the weather was truly evil.Find out what happened and the amazing decision that saved the lives of the crew.THIS PODCASTThis podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.comSome more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.CONTACT MEEmail: info@backtracker.co.ukFacebook: @BackTrackerUKInstagram: @backtrackerukTwitter: @BackTrackerUK-SOURCESSCARBOROUGH MARITIME HERITAGE CENTRE LIMITEDGazette, 20th January, 1881Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 20 January 1881Newcastle Courant - Friday 21 January 1881Scarborough Mercury, 22nd January, 1881York Herald - Friday 28 January 1881Robin Hoods Bay Information-Sound Effects by zapsplat.comIntro music by The Model Folk © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2023