In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Market Rasen like this:
RASEN, or Market-Rasen, a town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Caistor district, Lincoln. The town stands on the river Rasen, and on the Hull and Lincoln railway, 15 miles N E by N of Lincoln; consists chiefly of one long street, intersected at right angles by smaller streets; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling-place; and has a head post-office, ‡ a railway station with telegraph, two banking offices, three chief inns, a police station, a public-hall, a corn exchange, a church, three dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a new cemetery with chapels, a national school, an endowed school with £17 a year, alms-houses with £40, and other charities £53. ...
The church is later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains several monuments. The Roman Catholic chapel was built in 1824, and is a neat edifice. A corn and provision market is held on every Tuesday; a cattle-market, on every alternate Tuesday from Palm Sunday till Michaelmas; fairs for cattle, sheep, and horses, on thefourth Tuesday in Lent, and on 25 Sept.; and races, on the Monday after 25 Sept. There are breweries, maltings, a steam saw-mill, an iron foundry, and brickfields. Pop. in 1861, 2, 468. Houses, 536. The parish comprises 1, 220 acres. Real property, £7, 348; of which £92are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 2, 110; in 1861, 2, 563. Houses, 554. The manor belongs to Capt. W.Gordon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £223.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor.The sub-district contains also 25 other parishes. Acres, 56, 138. Pop. in 1851, 9, 658; in 1861, 10, 224. Houses, 2, 138.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Market Rasen has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Lindsey. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Market Rasen and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Market Rasen, in West Lindsey and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
Click here for more detailed advice on finding places within A Vision of Britain through Time, and maybe some references to other places called "Market Rasen".