West Rasen



  • 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 / 2394
1871 R.G. 10 / 3424
1891 R.G. 12 / 2623

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):



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.

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

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:




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.



  • 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.


  • 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:


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.

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.


Year Inhabitants
1801 162
1831 252
1841 286
1871 248
1891 218
1911 174


  • 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.