British Executions

James Bannister

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 2 Apr 1877

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Chester

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Marwood


Bannister was convicted of the brutal and unprovoked murder of his wife at their home on Russell Street, Hyde, Manchester. Early in the morning of 15th December 1876, a Mr and Mrs Grayson, who lodged in the same house as Bannister and his wife, were awakened by moaning coming from across the corridor. They saw a light on and heard the sound of a blow being struck. Grayson ran into the room and found Mrs Bannister lying on the bed with her head bashed in. Her husband was lying beside her with a self-inflicted throat wound. They were both taken to hospital where she died the next day. Bannister recovered and was later sentenced to death by Mr Justice Lush at Chester Assizes in March.  He was hanged by William Marwood on the 2nd April 1877 in Chester.