Queen Street, Market Rasen
|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. 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 and 16 miles (26 km) south-west from Grimsby. The town is known for Market Rasen Racecourse and being close to the epicentre of a 2008 earthquake. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 3,904.
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.
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.
Originally "Rasen", as it is known locally, was called "East Rasen", "Rasen Parva" or "Little Rasen".
The town centre has a homogeneous 19th-century redbrick 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.
In 2011 it was one of the towns chosen for the Portas Review of small-town retailing business.
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 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 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.
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 had its epicentre approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-west from 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) 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 Llŷn Peninsula earthquake struck North Wales, measuring 5.4. 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 houses roof and landing on the male resident, who was in bed at the time, causing a broken pelvis.
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