Market Rasen

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Market Rasen
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Queen Street, Market Rasen
Grid reference: TF108891
Location: 53°23’14"N, 0°20’8"W
Population: 3,230
Post town: Market Rasen
Postcode: LN8
Dialling code: 01673
Local Government
Council: West Lindsey

Market Rasen is a small market town in the Lindsey part of Lincolnshire. It stands on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, with the River Rase running through the town. Locally it is known simply as Rasen.

The town stands on the main road between Lincoln and Grimsby, the A46 and also on National Cycle Route 1 of the National Cycle Network. It is 14 miles northeast of Lincoln, 18 miles east of Gainsborough and 16 miles southwest of Grimsby. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 3,200.

The town

St Thomas, Market Rasen

The town centre has a homogeneous 19th century red brick appearance of mainly Georgian and Victorian architecture, centred around a market place dominated by a mediæval 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 Rasen has in earlier days been called "East Rasen" and also "Rasen Parva" or "Little Rasen".

The market thrives. Market days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Also on each Tuesday there is an auction of goods and produce, and on the first Tuesday of every month there is a farmers' market. Every Friday the Women's Institute holds a country market.

The town has its own newspaper, the weekly Market Rasen Mail, which was founded in 1856.

Market Rasen Racecourse stands outside the town.

February 2008 earthquake

On 27 February 2008, a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately 2½ miles 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 11.6 miles[1] and was felt across much of Britain from Edinburgh to Plymouth and as far away as Bangor, County Down and the Netherlands].[2] The 10-second quake was the biggest recorded example in the United Kingdom since the 1984 Lleyn Peninsula earthquake struck Caernarfonshire, measuring 5.4M.[3][4]

Outside links

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  1. Seismic Alert: Market Rasen, British Geological Survey, 27 February 2008
  2. "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  3. "Market town at epicentre of quake". London: BBC. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  4. "Earthquake felt across much of UK". London: BBC. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-02-27.