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West Rasen

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Census

  • 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:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 642
1861R.G. 9 / 2394
1871R.G. 10 / 3424
1891R.G. 12 / 2623
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is of Norman origin (some Saxon arches exist) and was partly rebuilt in 1829.
  • The church was repaired and restored in 1870.
  • The church seats 120.
  • There is the base of an ancient cross in the churchyard.
  • A photograph of All Saints Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

 

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Church Records

  • Thes parish register dates from 1683.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The church has, during eclessiastical boundary changes, been part of the West Walshcroft rural Deanery.
  • The parish had a small Catholic school chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. It was served from Market Rasen. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
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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.
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Description & Travel

This village and parish are 3 miles west of Market Rasen parish. The parish covers about 3,180 acres.

The village is on the River Rase. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of West Rasen which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • The parish has a 14th century horse-bridge of three arches across the Rase River.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the packhorse bridge on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • A new bridge was built in 1855.
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF064892 (Lat/Lon: 53.38893, -0.40159), West Rasen which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire, the parish was listed, perhaps erroneously, as being in the East Lindsey district.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1814.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
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Population

YearInhabitants
1801162
1831252
1841286
1871248
1891218
1911174
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Schools

  • The children of this parish attended schools in Newton and Osgodby.
  • A National School existed here in 1871, but that building was replaced in 1875 with a new one. The new school appears to have closed around 1880.
  • A Catholic school was built here in 1872 to accomodate 50 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.