Rayner - Page 3

Henry Rayner (born c 1841) and his wife Mary Anne (nee Purple, born c 1842) came to Flitcham some time before 1891 as described on Page 1 (click here). Edgar Rayner (below) was the fifth of their six sons. He and his wife Sophia, lived at 37 Church Lane, Flitcham until their deaths in 1959. They had three daughters, Joyce (born c1918 and living in a home in Shefford in 2007), Susan and Kathleen.. Susan had a daughter Val (living in King's Lynn in 2007). Kathleen, who is pictured below and on a school photo (click here) had a son Nigel who is also pictured below and on a school photo (click here). Nigel lived in Wales and died November 2007.  There are more Rayner photos on Page 4 (click here)

Edgar was one of Henry & Mary Rayner's 6 sons. He married Sophie Herring and they had 3 daughters: Joyce, Susan & Kathleen

Edgar and Sophia Rayner with their three daughters, Susan, Kathleen (seated) and Joyce. Taken c 1927 at the rear of the family home at 37 Church Rd, Flitcham

Sophia Rayner (nee Herring) c1910.  Studio photo by Herbert T Cave of Swaffham & East Dereham


Edgar & Sophie Rayner Kathleen Rayner and Walter Christmas's wedding at Flitcham Church late 1946. The little boy is Nigel Rayner, then 3yrs old. The bestman is believed to be a brother of Walter.



Nigel Rayner was Henry Rayner's great grandson and son of Edgar's daughter Kathleen. He worked for Bob Clements' bakery on Saturday mornings to earn money for his school uniform. The van is based on the Austin Devon and was driven by Geoff Smith, who took this photo in front of the school in 1953/54. Nigel died in November 2007.


Kathleen Rayner and Walter Christmas 1946