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Market Rasen
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Queen Street, Market Rasen
Market Rasen shown within Lincolnshire
Population 3,904 (2011)
OS grid reference TF108891
• London 130 mi (210 km) S
  • West Lindsey
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LN8
Dialling code 01673
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Gainsborough
List of places
LincolnshireCoordinates: 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. It lies on the River Rase, 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. 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.

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

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St.Thomas' church

The town centre has a homogeneous 19th century red-brick 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.

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.

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

February 2008 earthquake

On 27 February 2008 a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north from Market 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.

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