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
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; -0.33550Coordinates: 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. 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 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] In the 2011 census the population of the civil parish was 3,904.[4]

The town is known for Market Rasen Racecourse and being close to the epicentre of a 2008 earthquake.


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.[5]

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

St Thomas's church

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 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.[citation needed]

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

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.[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.[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 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)[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9] 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.


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]

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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Market Rasen Town Council".
  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. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.381.
  6. ^ Seismic Alert: Market Rasen Archived 2 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, British Geological Survey, 27 February 2008
  7. ^ "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Market town at epicentre of quake". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  10. ^ 18 December 2005, 31 January 1928-. "Philip Oakes". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 28 December 2020.

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