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Market Rasen is a town and civil parish within the West Lindseymarker district of Lincolnshiremarker, Englandmarker. It lies on the River Rase northeast of Lincolnmarker, east of Gainsboroughmarker and southwest of Grimsbymarker. The 2001 census shows Market Rasen has a population of 3,200 people.


Market Rasen is a small market town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Woldsmarker. The town lies on the main road between Lincolnmarker and Grimsbymarker, the A46, and is also on National Cycle Route 1 (part of EuroVelo 12) of the National Cycle Network.

The town centre has a homogeneous 19th century red brick appearance of mainly Georgian and Victorian architecture, centred around an active market place dominated by a medieval church albeit much "restored" in the 19th century.

The town is known for its racecourse (Market Rasen Racecoursemarker), as well as its rugby and golf clubs.

The River Rase flows through the town and can be crossed via Jameson Bridge, Caistor Road Bridge and Crane Bridge. The town apparently takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon version of this name, meaning "plank".

Market days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, on each Tuesday there is an auction of goods and produce, and on the first Tuesday of every month there is a farmers' market. Also every Friday, the WI holds a "country market".

Market Rasen is twinned with the town of Mamersmarker, in the Sarthe region of Pays de la Loiremarker, Francemarker.

Market Rasen's community fire and police station (opened December, 2005) is one of the first purpose built combined fire and police stations in the UK. The former police station was built in 1849 and was the third oldest police station still in operational use in the country.


Originally, "Rasen", as it is known locally, was called "East Rasen" and also "Rasen Parva" or "Little Rasen". With the coming of the railway in 1848 Little Rasen quickly outgrew its neighbours West and Middle Rasen, and is now by far the largest of the three.


The only secondary school is De Aston Schoolmarker, a rural co-educational 11-18 comprehensive with approximately 1,190 pupils, both 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. Until recently, the school's foundation governors also owned the chapel at the site of the charity's almshouses at Spital-on-the-Street, a few miles away to the west.

Near to the centre of the town is Market Rasen Church of England Primary School. Here the pupils enjoy a well organised, wide-ranging and challenging curriculum. The school was built in the 1930s and was a secondary school until 1974, when the primary school moved to the site. As it was formerly a secondary school, the classrooms are spacious and the outside play areas are extensive. Each of the classes are named after popular British birds, Wrens, Robins and Kestrels for example and the school logo is the Wagtail. The school currently has 266 pupils ranging from 4-11 years old.

February 2008 earthquake

On 27 February, 2008, a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately north of Market Rasen. The earthquake, which according to the British Geological Survey measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale, struck at 00:56 47.8s at a depth of Seismic Alert: Market Rasen, British Geological Survey, 27 February, 2008 and was felt across much of the UKmarker from Edinburghmarker to Plymouthmarker and as far away as Bangormarker in Northern Irelandmarker and Haarlemmarker in the Netherlandsmarker.The 10-second quake was the biggest recorded example in the United Kingdommarker since the 1984 Lleyn Peninsula earthquakemarker struck North Walesmarker, measuring 5.4M.

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