Queen Street, Market Rasen
Market Rasen shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||130 mi (210 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||MARKET RASEN|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Market Rasen is a town and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the River Rase, approximately 13 miles (21 km) north-east from Lincoln, 18 miles (29 km) east from Gainsborough and 16 miles (26 km) south-west from Grimsby. The town is known for the Market Rasen Racecourse.
Market Rasen is a small market town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The town lies on the main road between Lincoln and Grimsby, the A46, and is on National Cycle Route 1 (part of EuroVelo 12) of the National Cycle Network.
In 2001 the town had a population of 3,200.
Originally "Rasen", as it is known locally, was called "East Rasen", "Rasen Parva" or "Little Rasen".
The town centre has a homogeneous 19th-century red-brick appearance of mainly Georgian and Victorian architecture, centred on a market place with a medieval church, restored in the 19th century.
The River Rase flows through the town and is crossed by Jameson Bridge, Caistor Road Bridge and Crane Bridge.
Market days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On each Tuesday there is an auction of goods and produce, and on the first Tuesday of every month, a farmers' market. Every Friday the Women's Institute holds a country market.
Market Rasen secondary school is De Aston School, a co-educational 11-18 comprehensive with approximately 1,300 pupils, including day pupils and boarders. It was founded in 1863 as a small grammar school as part of a legal settlement following a court case involving funds from the medieval charity of Thomas de Aston, a 13th-century monk.
Within the Market Rasen area are Market Rasen Church of England School, Middle Rasen School and Pre-school, and schools at Osgodby, Faldingworth and Legsby. Market Rasen Church of England Primary School is near to the centre of the town: it was built in the 1930s and was a secondary school until 1974, when the primary school moved to the site.
Middle Rasen school is within 1 mile (1.6 km) of Market Rasen town centre. The independent Middle Rasen Nursery is situated on the site of the school, and provides progression to full-time education.
February 2008 earthquake
On 27 February 2008 a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north from Market Rasen. The earthquake, which according to the British Geological Survey measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale, struck at a depth of 18.6 kilometres (11.6 mi) and was felt across much of the UK from Edinburgh to Plymouth, and as far away as Bangor in Northern Ireland and Haarlem in the Netherlands. The 10-second quake was the largest recorded example in the United Kingdom since the 1984 Lleyn Peninsula earthquake struck North Wales, measuring 5.4.
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