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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
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

Kelly's Directory 1913 reads :-

"There were formerly two churches here, St. Peter's, built by the monks of Tupholme Abbey, and St. Paul's belonging to Drax priory: this latter having become dilapidated, was pulled down in 1860, but the churchyard remains.

The church of St. Peter is a building of stone in the Norman, Earlier English and Early Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a western tower with embattled parapet and pinnacles containing 3 bells:

the church was thoroughly restored in 1860, when the north aisle was rebuilt, the tower strengthened and the fabric generally repaired:

in the aisle is a Decorated window, formerly in St. Paul's church, and in the chancel is the effigy of a priest, vested and wearing a hood, and holding a chalice : this was also formerly in St. Paul's, and appears to be 14th century work:

the total cost of the repairs, carried out under the direction of Messrs. Bellamy and Hardy architects, of Lincoln, was £1,500 :

there are 324 sittings" 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, Bellamy and Hardy
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

White's Directory 1872 states :-

Middle Rasen "was formerly in two parishes, called Middle Rasen Drax and Middle Rasen Tupholme, from their having been respectively appropriated to Drax Priory, in Yorkshire, and Tupholme Abbey, near Wragby.

The disputes of the abbot and prior of these monasteries caused the erection of two churches and a division of the tithes, in Middle Rasen.

St. Peter's Church, which was in the appropriation of Tupholme, was restored in 1860-1, at a cost of £1500. It consists of nave, chancel, north aisle and an embattled tower containing three bells.

The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 10s. 10d., is consolidated with that of St. Paul, now valued at £313, in the patronage of the Bishop of Lincoln and the Hon. Charles Henry Cust alternately, and incumbency of the Rev. William Handley Bland, of Braceby.

St. Paul's Church, in Middle Rasen Drax was pulled down and partly used for the restoration of St. Peter's Church, in 1860, but its burial ground and that of St. Peter's are still used as places of sepulture"

DB 19 April 2021

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

"Parish church. C12, C13, C14, C15, 1861 restoration by Bellamy and Hardy"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1166238?section=official-list-entry 

DB 19 April 2021

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel

Looking east towards the sanctuary.

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, chancel
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Altar
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Altar
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Altar

More detailed view of the altar.

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, altar
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, East Window
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, East Window
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, East Window

"The C15 chancel east window is of 5 lights with ogee heads having panel tracery to the head under a 4 centred arch"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1166238?section=official-list-entry 

Inscription incorporated in the stained glass reads "ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION TO COMMEMORATE THE RESTORATION OF THIS CHURCH AD 1861".

DB 19 April 2021

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, window stained glass
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Effigy

An early fourteenth century effigy of a priest.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, effigy
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Font

"In the chancel is a C19 octagonal font with quatrefoils removed from the demolished Church of St. Pauls"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1166238?section=official-list-entry 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument

"In the chancel north wall is a marble plaque in the form of an obelisk dated 1747, with pediment and rococco cartouche"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1166238?section=official-list-entry 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, monument
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Monument

"NEAR TO THIS PLACE REST THE REMAINS OF THE REVEREND THOMAS WILSON. HE DIED THE 21ST MARCH 1804, IN THE 84TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.

HAVING BEEN VICAR OF THE TWO PARISHES, MIDDLE RASEN DRAX, AND TUPHOLM, THIRTY TWO YEARS" 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Organ
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Organ
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Chancel, Organ

"FORSTER & ANDREWS / HULL 1893"

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image, organ
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial

 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial

 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Memorial

 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave

 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave

 

DB 8 May 2022

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Bishop
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Bishop
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Bishop

 

DB 5 June 2010

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Nave, Patera

The chancel arch is flanked by several paterae.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, North Aisle, Font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, North Aisle, Font
Middle Rasen, St Peter, North Aisle, Font

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

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, font
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, Tower, Gargoyle
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Tower, Gargoyle
Middle Rasen, St Peter, Tower, Gargoyle

 

DB 19 April 2021

Middle Rasen, Saint Peter Church, image
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
Middle Rasen, Windmill (3)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (3)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (3)

A more recent view of the windmill at TF 090 887.

Two corn millers listed in White's Directory 1872 "Fowler James, corn miller" and "Penistan Richard, corn miller".

DB 19 April 2021

Middle Rasen Windmill