Market Rasen


Archives & Libraries

  • Market Rasen Library is situated on Mill Road opposite the Community Health Centre. The library has been at this location for 50 years.
  • The Library is normally open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of each week.
  • The library has computers available with an Ancestry account.


  • The Cemetery is on the east side of town on Legsby Road. It was originally 1.5 acres in Feb. 1855, when it was opened, but was expanded in 1908 to two acres. The town council administers the cemetery.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of Market Rasen Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.


  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 642
1861 R.G. 9 / 2349
1871 R.G. 10 / 3423
1891 R.G. 12 / 2623 - 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle.
  • The church nave was rebuilt in 1862.
  • The top of the church tower was restored in 1884.
  • The church seats 526.
  • Here is a photo of St. Thomas's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Thomas' tower on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel, in Chapel Street, was built in 1862 to replace a smaller chapel built in 1800.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel, in Jameson Bridge Street, was built in 1866.
  • The Free (United) Methodist chapel, in Union Street, was built in 1861.
  • The Catholic church is dedicated to the Holy Rood and was built in 1824 on King Street, then enlarged in 1869. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Colin BABB has a photograph of Holy Rood Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Market Rasen is a both a parish and a village of the same name. It lies 15 miles north-east of Lincoln and 15 miles west of Louth. Linwood parish lies to the south and Middle Rasen parish to the west. The parish only covers about 975 acres.

Market Rasen was described by Charles Dickens as the "sleepiest town in England." If you are planning a visit:

  • Market Rasen lies on the A46 trunk road about midway between Lincoln and Grimsby. The A631 also passes through the heart of the village as it winds between West rasen and Louth.
  • Or try the Market Rasen Mail site.
  • Like to watch the horse races? Then check out Market Rasen Racecourse, the only one in Lincolnshire.
  • Check out our touring page for resources.
You can see pictures of Market Rasen which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Market Rasen has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • In 1822, we have this report of emigrants from Market Rasen in the Strabane Morning Post (a Portable Document File).
  • A railway station opened here in 1848 on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire branch line.
  • The town had a county police station in 1912, on Dear Street. John RAWDING was the inspector and he had 18 constables.
  • Tuesday was the day for the corn market, as well as the cattle market.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF108892 (Lat/Lon: 53.387884, -0.336113), Market Rasen which are provided by:


Medical Records

  • A hospital was founded here in 1612 by George St. POLL of Snarford, for the maintenance of eight indigent men.  The hospital was still in operation in 1912, with five residents, but access to historical medical records is unknown.
  • The Market Rasen Dispensary was established here in 1856 to aid the poor.
  • The Cottage Hospital was built in Deer Street in 1869, again with a primary focus of the poor. The hospital only had room for six patients.
  • In 1882 Mrs. Joan COLES was the matron of the hospital.
  • For 1900 through 1913 Mrs. Edna CASSWELL was the matron of the hospital.
  • In 1920 the Market Rasen Dispensary had merged with the hospital and the local nursing association. It was now called the Market Rasen Dispensary, Cottage Hospital and District Nursing Association. In 1930, the hospital still held 8 patients who paid a small fee for the weekly room and board.

Military History

  • K Company of the 1st Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers was established in 1860. In 1872, Captain Henry Croft CHAMBERS, commanding; Lieut. Harry BROOKS; Samuel CHAPMAN was the drill instructor and G. ELWICK was the sergeant.
  • In 1882, Arthur A. PADLEY was the Captain; Frank B. COUSANS was the 1st. Lieut.; H. P. PADLEY was the 2nd Lieut.; Peter LOGAN was the drill sergeant; and W. COCKING was the quarter-master sergeant.
  • In 1885, Captain Frank B. COUSINS, commanding; Edward Wm. BARTON, acting sergeant; Peter LOGAN, drill sergeant.
  • Peter LOGAN was born in Ireland circa 1836.
  • The Market Rasen War Memorial was unveiled on 18 June 1922 and stands in front of the Methodist Church.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of the World War Two War Memorial windows in St. Thomas Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016.

Military Records


Names, Geographical

  • The town and parish are named after the River Rase, which runs through it.

Names, Personal



  • The Market Rasen Weekly Mail and Lincolnshire Advertiser, established in 1856, was published every Saturday by Thomas H. WHITTINGHAM.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In 1894, the town established itself under an Urban District Council of 12 members.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the East Lindsey district of the county.
  • You may also contact the Market Rasen Town Council, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history questions.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings in the police station.
  • In 1612, St Poll Hospital was founded by Sir George St Poll (also given as St. PAUL). These almshouses are still operating.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Poll Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1779.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • The Catholic Church erected almshouses in 1845. The three inmates lived free of rent and received £20 each year.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Young's Almshouses from 1845 on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 774
1821 1,166
1831 1,428
1841 2,022
1871 2,815
1891 2,497
1911 2,296


  • The Willingham road (boys) school was built in 1822 to hold 150 children. The girls' school was built in 1870 and an Infants' school in 1868.
  • The Catholic school on King street was closed in 1909.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a school here in 1873 to hold 240 children.
  • Market Rasen's De Aston School (founded 1863) has a website at De Aston School, with history. It was erected in 1862 on Willingham road as "the De Aston Grammar School." In 1904 new classrooms were added.
  • Chris has a photograph of De Aston School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.