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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.


Middle Rasen Parish Council

Over the past few years Middle Rasen Parish Council has been responsible for a number of improvements around the village.

In 1999 it took over responsibility for the maintenance of the old St Paul's churchyard on Low Church Road. Now known as God's Acre, with new planting and the addition of bird and bat boxes, it has been transformed into a sanctuary for wildlife.

As commemoration of the millennium, the Parish Council installed a clock in the St Peter and Paul's church. A later addition was the striking mechanism which utilised one of the old bells.

In 2005 three decorative village signs were erected as gateways to the village.

Repairs have been made to the bridges over the river Rase on Church Street and North Street.

New playground equipment was installed at the village playing field in 2002.

The reduction of the speed limit on the A631 from 40mph to 30 mph which the Parish Council has worked hard to achieve will come into force on 17 th August 2006. It is hoped that the addition of crossing facilities on the Gainsborough Road will follow. The council is still in negotiations with Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department.

Additional land was purchased in 2006 to be used as an extension of the burial ground at St Peter and Paul's church. A new iron fence and gate has been erected along the western boundary. Future plans include a commemoration plaque and tree planting.

New notice boards are to be acquired for erection at the eastern end of the parish on Caistor Road and Walesby Road.

A restoration project for the bridge on Low Church Road is planned for next year.

Middle Rasen Parish Council is working towards Quality Status.

With the assistance of the community, the council will be looking to produce a Parish Plan.

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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 Council met on a cold and slightly snowy January evening, and welcomed a WLDC representative who explained about the proposal to build new dry leisure facilities in the locality.  The Council were asked about potential locations which could be used for such a facility, and were minded to suggest that Gallamore Lane sites may be attractive in terms of parking and pedestrian access from both Market and Middle Rasen Parishes.

The Council agreed in principle to a grant funding application from the Village Hall to renew windows, and also to take part in World Peace Day, following information given at the December "meet and greet" evening.  The Council may look to hold another such event prior to a summer Parish Council meeting in the future.

PCSO Harrison attended the meeting, and gave a summation of crime related incidents in the locality from October-December and the Council were grateful for his attendance, given that he is currently operating out of the Gainsborough Station.

The Council are to discuss road safety improvements to A46 Caistor Road, at the next meeting - to be held on 20th February 2018 - parishioners always welcome, however if you are unable to attend, the Council welcomes comments via its e-mail address middlerasenparishcouncil@gmail.com .

The Council urges parishioners to try and keep roads clear in snowy weather, so that the snow ploughs can be as effective as possible - and to save incidents to cars.

The Noticeboard at The Furlongs was re-instated after the 2nd bout of vandalism - the Council are keen to find the culprits - please contact the local PCSO team with information.

Finally, the Parish Council wish all parishioners a Happy and Healthy New Year.


At the Parish Council meeting in November, the Parish Council co-opted Thomas Smith to join them and the Council is now compl è te. There were no members of the public présent at the meeting, however the Council hoped to see more parishioners at the December meeting, with the opportunity for tea and mince pies from 6.15pm onwards at the Church Hall on Tuesday 12th December 2017.

Whilst noticeably Crime and Vandalism figures have decreased in the parish over the last few months, the Council were once again disappointed to see that the newly repaired noticeboard on The Furlongs has, once again, been damaged. The noticeboard had been repaired and put back in situ - however sadly was again attacked within 7 days of érection, and has had to be removed for further repairs. This has been an ongoing issue on this estate and over the past 2 years the Council h â ve spent in the région of £ 850.00 for this location alone. The previous noticeboard was destroyed beyond repair, and the continuai damage to the new noticeboard is a cause of concern to the Council. Councillors urge any parishioner who sees any suspicious behaviour to report this matter to the Community Policing Team or alternative- to contact the Clerk with any information.

Once more the winter weather is drawing in, and the Council has agreed to undertake gritting in the parish to ensure that the parish can function in icy conditions - please, where possible, ensure that cars are parked off the road in order to ensure that the gritter can be as effective as possible. Finally, the Council wish ail Parishioners a very Happy New Year!

Clerk to the PC : Mrs Jo Trotter ~ 01673 838690 ~ middlerasenparishcouncil@gmail.com

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