Market Rasen is a town and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the River Rase 13.8 miles (22 km) northeast of Lincoln, 18 miles (29 km) east of Gainsborough and 16.3 miles (26 km) southwest of Grimsby. As of 2001, it had a population of 3,200.
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 also on National Cycle Route 1 (part of EuroVelo 12) of the National Cycle Network.
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 medieval church, restored in the 19th century.
The River Rase flows through the town and is crossed via Jameson Bridge, Caistor Road Bridge and Crane Bridge.
Market days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Additionally, 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 WI holds a country market.Market Rasen’s community fire and police station (opened December 2005) is one of the first purpose built combined fire and police stations in the UK.
The town has its own newspaper, the weekly Market Rasen Mail, which was founded in 1856. It is published by Johnston Press.
Originally, “Rasen”, as it is known locally, was called “East Rasen” and also “Rasen Parva” or “Little Rasen”.
On 27 February 2008, a significant earthquake occurred, centred on the neighbouring parish of Middle Rasen, approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) 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 18.6 kilometres (11.6 mi) 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 biggest recorded example in the United Kingdom since the 1984 Lleyn Peninsula earthquake struck North Wales, measuring 5.4M.