Market Rasen

Coordinates: 53°23′14″N 0°20′08″W / 53.38713°N 0.33550°W / 53.38713; -0.33550
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Market Rasen
Market town
Queen Street, 2009
Market Rasen is located in Lincolnshire
Market Rasen
Market Rasen
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,904 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF108891
• London130 mi (210 km) S
Civil parish
  • Market Rasen [1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLN8
Dialling code01673
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′14″N 0°20′08″W / 53.38713°N 0.33550°W / 53.38713; -0.33550

Market Rasen (/ˈrzən/ RAY-zən) is a market town and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The River Rase runs through it east to west, approximately 13 miles (21 km) north-east from Lincoln, 18 miles (29 km) east from Gainsborough, 14 miles (23 km) west of Louth, and 16 miles (26 km) south-west from Grimsby. It lies on the main road between Lincoln and Grimsby, the A46, and is famous for its racecourse. In 2001, the town had a population of 3,200.[2] In the 2011 census, the population of the civil parish was 3,904.[3]


The place-name 'Market Rasen' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Rase, Rasa, and Resne. The name derives from the Old English ræsn meaning 'plank', and is thought to refer to a plank bridge. The river name 'Rase' is a back-formation.[4]

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

St Thomas's church

In the 19th century, touring theatrical companies performed in theatres in the town. David Grose opened 'a very neat and comfortable theatre' in 1834. In May 1844, the Giffords performed in the town.[5]

The Corn Exchange was designed by Henry Goddard and completed in 1854.[6]

Market Rasen's community fire and police station opened in December 2005.[7]


The River Rase flows through the town and crosses Waterloo Street at Crane Bridge.[8]

In 2011, it was one of the towns chosen for the Portas Review of small-town retailing businesses.[9]


Market Rasen's secondary school is De Aston School, a co-educational 11–18 former comprehensive school now an academy member with approximately 1,300 pupils, including day pupils and formerly boarders.[10][11] 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.[12]

The main primary school is the Market Rasen Church of England Primary School.[13]

February 2008 earthquake[edit]

On 27 February 2008, a significant earthquake had its epicentre approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-west of Market Rasen, near the neighbouring parish of Middle 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)[14] 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.[15] 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.[15][16] There were no recorded local injuries and only one recorded injury elsewhere in the UK, in South Yorkshire, when a chimney was dislodged from a house roof, falling down through the house's roof and landing on the male resident, who was in bed at the time, causing a broken pelvis.[15]

Local media[edit]

Local news and television programmes are provided by BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and ITV Yorkshire. Television signals are received from the nearby Belmont TV transmitter. [17]

The town newspaper is the weekly Market Rasen Mail, which was founded in 1856.[18]

Local radio stations are BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 94.9 FM, Greatest Hits Radio Lincolnshire on 102.2 FM, DAB radio station, Lincs FM and County Linx Radio, a community online station.[19]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Market Rasen Town Council".
  2. ^ "Market Rasen Civil Parish". 2001 census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.381.
  5. ^ Neil R Wright (2016). Treading the Boards. SLHA. p. 203.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Corn Exchange (1309121)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Work begins on joint police and fire station in Lincolnshire". Police Professional. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  8. ^ "West Lindsey Strategic Flood Risk Assessment" (PDF). West Lindsey Council. 1 July 2009. p. 71. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  9. ^ Portas Pilots Archived 20 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "De Aston School - GOV.UK". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Market Rasen De Aston School - GOV.UK". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  12. ^ "De Aston School - Heritage". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  13. ^ "The Market Rasen Church of England Primary School". Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  14. ^ Seismic Alert: Market Rasen Archived 2 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, British Geological Survey, 27 February 2008
  15. ^ a b c "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  16. ^ "Market town at epicentre of quake". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  17. ^ "Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  18. ^ Market Rasen Mail (2011), ‘Mail delivered centenary news’, 4 May, page 4.
  19. ^ "Radio Lincolnshire - Find Your Local Station". Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  20. ^ 18 December 2005, 31 January 1928-. "Philip Oakes". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 28 December 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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