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   MIDDLE RASEN A SHORT HISTORY

Early history records a Roman settlement on Osgodby Top Road, to the north of the Parish.

For governance the parish of Middle Rasen was in the ancient Walshcroft wapentake, a political unit similar to a Hundred in Anglo Saxon England. The wapentake is a collection of parishes and is a term used in former Danelaw region of England. It derives from words meaning “show your weapon”, that is all in favour would raise their swords/axes to show agreement.

In Henry I's time, the 14 th century, a certain William Paynell was lord of the manor in Middle Rasen and he built and endowed St Paul's church. Having also built Drax Priory in Yorkshire, he gave St Paul's church to that Priory. St Peters church was built by the monks of Tupholme Abbey around the turn of the 12 th century. By the 19 th century both churches were in a state of disrepair and in 1860 St Peters was thoroughly restored using some parts of St Pauls in restoration.

According to the book 'Like a Rasen Fiddler' by Mary Shipley, “In 1539, Middle Rasen was able to supply forty nine able men for the wars - archers or billmen. With two churches and two vicars, many farms, outlying cottages, two water mills and a pottery, it was an important place.”

During the reign of Henry VIII churches in the main Lincolnshire towns were extremely rich and possessed very valuable treasures which they thought to be under threat of confiscation by the king. This resulted in the Lincolnshire Uprising in November 1536, when there was general unrest and people marched from Horncastle, Louth, Caistor and other large towns to try to resolve the matter. On their way to Lincoln, marchers camped on Hambleton Hill.

In 1720, John Wilkinson, who owned property in the parish, stated in his will that the interest from one hundred pounds and the remainder of his personal estate shall “cause to be taught with reading and writing sixteen poor children… eight to be chosen out of the parish of Rasen Drax and eight out of Rasen Tupholme…“ This resulted in the setting up of the first schooling in the village. The school, originally known as the ‘Middle Rasen John Wilkinson's Charity School' was built in 1874 to hold 120 children. In 1911 the average attendance was 79. The Charity still supports the school.

In the 19 th century there were Wesleyan, Primitive and Reformed Wesleyan Methodist chapels in the parish. The Primitive Methodist church (1838-1956) was opposite the Nags Head pub on Gainsborough Road. The other two were on Church Street . The present site of the Methodist chapel on Mill Lane was purchased from the Brown Cow pub and the building was erected in 1911 at a cost of £1350. Forty thousand bricks from another village chapel were used in its construction.

Middle Rasen mill on Mill Lane was built circa 1827 and was a working mill until the 1920‘s. Losing its sails by 1931 it was then engine driven. When the last miller died in 1932 it became disused and was later dismantled.

In the early 1900's a villager remembers that “church and chapel were well attended. There were two butchers shops, four general stores, a post office, two cobblers, one bootmakers shop, a tailors shop, one windmill, one watermill and about nineteen thatched cottages.”

More recent memories recall a Canadian bomber, struck by lightening, that crashed in a field behind the church during the Second World War, resulting in the death of its crew.


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   Parish Council News

News from Middle Rasen Parish Council

Meetings of the Parish Council are held on 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall, with the public forum starting at 7.20pm – all are welcome.

The Parish Council had a busy September meeting, with discussions centred on the consultation on the proposed leisure facility and the flood alleviation scheme.

Karen Whitfield from WLDC attended the meeting and outlined the proposals to the Council, including plans of the centre and details of the contractor.  Parishioners are encouraged to complete consultation questionnaires which can be found on the WLDC website.  It is hoped that the new facility will be open in 2020.

The Council resolved to write to complain to LCC with regard to traffic management and public transportation issues.  The Council had identified the issues that have been causing residents concern and highlighted them prior to the works being scheduled.  The Council are aware that there a significant amount of traffic using the parish as a “cut through”, and the PCSO team are now operating speed cameras to deter motorists from speeding.  The Council also resolved to support a parishioner request for double bend signs on Skinners Lane to slow traffic which may continue to use this road after the works have been completed.  The Council ask for residents' patience during the works, and have asked LCC to ensure that the works are completed as quickly as possible.

Due to continued vandalism of the new noticeboard on The Furlongs, the Council resolved to remove the noticeboard – a decision as to a new site will be take at the October meeting.  The October meeting will take place on Tuesday 16th October at the Church Hall.

Whilst the weather has turned decidedly autumnal, the Council have once again put in place additional snow clearance precautions, and would remind residents, where possible, to keep their cars off the roads, in order to ensure that they are not damaged by grit spreading.

Jo Trotter
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council

 

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Tuesday 15th May 2018.  Cllr Michael Stamp was re-elected as Chairman and it was agreed that Parish Council meetings will continue to take place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall.  The public forum starts at 7.20pm with the full Council meeting to follow at 7.30pm.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018.

The Council considered issues raised by parishioners, and have asked Cllr Lewis Strange to look into Highways issues on the Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate, contacted Sir Edward Leigh with regard to GDPR legislation and considered all procedural and policy matters in line with standing orders.

Parishioners may be aware (particularly those who live on A631), that flooding on the road continues to be an issue.  LCC, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency have all pooled their resources and a £600K flooding alleviation scheme has been awarded to the parish to minimise flooding on the main road and to homes in this area.  There is a drop-in session by LCC project officers planned for Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the Village Hall where officers from LCC will be able to answer questions about the proposed scheme.  The Council would urge residents to call in to the session in order to ascertain plans, and acknowledge that there will be traffic disruption in the parish for the duration of the works.

Jo Trotter
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council

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