Market Rasen

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Market Rasen
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Queen Street, Market Rasen
Market Rasen is located in Lincolnshire
Market Rasen
Market Rasen
Market Rasen shown within Lincolnshire
Population 3,904 (2011)
OS grid reference TF108891
• London 130 mi (210 km) S
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LN8
Dialling code 01673
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′14″N 0°20′08″W / 53.38713°N 0.33550°W / 53.38713; -0.33550Coordinates: 53°23′14″N 0°20′08″W / 53.38713°N 0.33550°W / 53.38713; -0.33550

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 Market Rasen Racecourse. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 3,904.[1]


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.[2]

In 2001 the town had a population of 3,200.[3]

Originally "Rasen", as it is known locally, was called "East Rasen", "Rasen Parva" or "Little Rasen".[citation needed]

St.Thomas' church

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.[citation needed]

The River Rase flows through the town and is crossed by Jameson Bridge, Caistor Road Bridge and Crane Bridge.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] Every Friday the Women's Institute holds a country market.[citation needed]

Market Rasen's community fire and police station opened December 2005. It is one of the first purpose-built combined fire and police stations in the UK.[citation needed]

The town newspaper is the weekly Market Rasen Mail, which was founded in 1856. It is published by Johnston Press.[citation needed]


Market Rasen's secondary school is De Aston School, a co-educational 11-18 comprehensive with approximately 1,300 pupils, including day pupils and boarders.[citation needed] 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. It is said that a ghost roams older parts of the school, however, nobody has seen or heard anything suspicious.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] Market Rasen Church of England Primary School is the biggest school in the area and 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

February 2008 earthquake[edit]

On 27 February 2008 a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) 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 11.6 miles (18.7 km)[4] 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.[5] The 10-second quake was the largest recorded example in the United Kingdom since the 1984 Llŷn Peninsula earthquake struck North Wales, measuring 5.4.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of the National Cycle Network route through Market Rasen". Sustrans. Archived from the original on 4 December 2005. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Market Rasen Civil Parish". 2001 census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  4. ^ Seismic Alert: Market Rasen, British Geological Survey, 27 February 2008
  5. ^ "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Market town at epicentre of quake". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 

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