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Middle Rasen
 
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road

Middle Rasen lies 1.5 miles west of the town of Market Rasen. It consists of the merged villages of Middle Rasen Drax (from Drax Priory in Yorkshire which held land in medieval times) and Middle Rasen Tupholme (from Tupholme Abbey in Lincolnshire).

This photograph is of the main street (now the A631) with the Methodist Chapel on the left. (This is the current Methodist Chapel, built in 1911)

postcard, undated (but after 1911)

Middle Rasen, Main Street, Drax, Tupholme
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road
Middle Rasen, Gainsborough Road

The former Wesleyan Chapel occupies a prominent positon on the corner of Gainsborough Road and Mill Lane.

It was opened in 1911 on the site of a public house, ‘The Brown Cow’.

undated postcard c.1950

Middle Rasen, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Brown Cow
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church

The chapel on the corner of Gainsborough Road and Mill Lane was built on the site of the Brown Cow public house in 1911.

It was the third Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the village and was originally called the Central Chapel.

June 2018

Middle Rasen, Central Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Brown Cow
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church

View of the chapel from the north-west.

June 2018

Middle Rasen, Methodist chapel
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church

The chapel sanctuary is to the right, the schoolroom to the left.

June 2018

Middle Rasen,
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church, date stone
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church, date stone
Middle Rasen, Methodist Church, date stone

The date stone in distinctive Art Nouveau style of the period.

June 2018

Middle Rasen,
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

St. Peter's church in Middle Rasen has a large ironstone tower in the Perpendicular style. The north arcade is dated c1200.

This church's most notable feature is the impressive Norman south doorway – to Pevsner among the best work of its period in Lincolnshire.

Mark Acton, 2008

Middle Rasen, St Peter, church, doorway, Norman,
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

A view from the south-east in weak winter light.

The windows on the south side of the nave and chancel are of the Perpendicular period with triangular heads. Above are pinnacles and embattlement.

December 2017

 

Middle Rasen, St Peter church
Middle Rasen, St Peter, effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, effigy

An early fourteenth century effigy of a priest.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, font

A simple and unremarkable font, probably of the fifteenth century.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera

The chancel arch is flanked by several paterae.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway

The impressive Norman south doorway at St Peter's church.

The inner zigzag is followed by a wide band of crenellation and an outer band of beakhead.


Mark Acton, 2008

Middle Rasen, doorway, Norman,
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway

Detail of the beakhead and zigzag decoration surrounding the south doorway, Norman in style but most probably restored.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church
Middle Rasen, St Peter, war memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, war memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, war memorial

The war memorial inside St Peter's church.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, war memorial
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)

This mill was erected in 1820, originally with three floors and four sails.

The tower was raised in 1873.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Middle Rasen, windmill, Jon Sass
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)

The mill was worked by wind until the 1920s. For a further 30 years the mill machinery was powered by belt drive from a tractor.

Location of mill: TF 091 888

Peter Kirk Collection, 2000

Middle Rasen, windmill, Peter Kirk