British Executions

Charles Raynor

Age: 31

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 17 Mar 1892

Crime Location: Pitstone, Aylesbury

Execution Place: Oxford

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Frederick Eggleston and Charles Raynor were both hanged for murder at Oxford on the 17th March 1892 for the brutal murder of two gamekeepers.  It happened on the 12th  December 1891when the two men, together with a third man, Charles Smith, were poaching in a wood at Bilstone, near Aylesbury. The three were set upon by gamekeeper Joseph Crawley and watchman William Puddipant, and in the ensuing brawl, both men were beaten to death. Blood was found on their clothing and their guns were found in the wood. They were tried at Buckinghamshire Assizes before Mr Justice Lawrence. Smith received twenty years for manslaughter, and the other two were sentenced to death.

see Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 19 March 1892

see National Archives - ASSI 13/22