News & Events

Our recent news follows the events programme below

Our events and meetings are open to all, please come along and join us. These are held in Market Rasen Library in Mill Road and start at 7.30 pm, unless otherwise stated. Guests are always welcome, but a small donation of £3 is requested for all meetings except our General ones.

RHS Programme 2018

7th June                    General meeting

5th July                     Visit to Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum                                                              for 11am start, more details to follow.

2nd August               Evening walk around Market Rasen.

6th September         AGM

4th October              Member Caroline Foster talking about                                                              town in 1818.

1st November          General meeting

6th December         Christmas Gathering with individual                                                               stories, festive food.



The latest News is on the Home page. Listed below is the recent news that  appeared initially on  the home page.

RHS Member Ted Brown gave us an interesting talk on his family of Stonemasons.

On 1st February, Ted Brown explained how his Grandfather John G (Jack)  Brown came to live in Market Rasen. He was a stone mason, working for Scupham and son. One of his jobs was to sink, with lead, the names of the men from Market Rasen who died during the Great War on the Town War memorial. He had been a soldier, and was the first POW to return home.

His son George,  was also a stonemason and after WW11 he added more names to the Town Memorial.

Ted learnt the basics of stone masonry but  left home to join the RAF and  fly Vulcans.

RHS Members Christmas Stories

On the 7th December 2017 RHS members spent a delightful evening telling each other Christmas stories – derived from family and friends, poems and clippings from newspapers. 


RHS Exhibition on WW1 was displayed in Library and Rasen Hub, during November. 

Rase Heritage Society researched the men, from Market Rasen and surrounding villages, who died in 1917. This research located the pictures and stories in order to produce the exhibition that was on display in the Market Rasen Library, giving a brief history of the men’s life and service.

In the Hub, there was a display of daily life in Market Rasen during 1917. The Market Rasen Mail continued to report during the war and the society used extracts from the newspapers to show how the war effected the ones left at home. 

For more information see World War One under Our Heritage-Conflicts

Our talk on the Market Rasen Mail

A Linotype operator working on the Market Rasen Mail

Local reporter Dianne Tuckett gave the Society a very interesting talk on the history of the Market Rasen Mail.

From humble beginnings in 1856, thorough two World Wars, changes in printing and ownership. The only thing which remained the same was the comments from the readers about the adverts – too many, but that’s what pays the rent!

Dianne also explained how today’s newspaper was composed and printed.

Can you Help?

Rase Heritage Society has been sent the photograph below, do you know these people? if so then please contact us, thank you.

This photograph was found in a drawer belonging to family of Charles Wilkinson.

Charles William Wilkinson and his wife Harriett lived at 37/38 Oxford Street. He is listed in 1891 census as living in Oxford Street, Market Rasen .He was a carpenter/joiner and Harriett was a shopkeeper, listed in Kelly’s directory in 1937.

Rasen Folk          date unknown

James Bond died in Market Rasen – twice!

James Bond died in Market Rasen in 1838, he was 41 years old, his widow Charlotte carried on with the business.

James is listed in the 1822 local directory as a Linen and Woolen Draper and Grocer. Late, 1828 he listed a Grocer and Tea Dealer, King Street. He is doing well in business as he marries Charlotte Bird on 5th June in Market Rasen, witnesses J L Thornton and Eliza Bird.

1838 James died from Dropsy and is buried on 7th October 1838 in Market Rasen.

1851 Census; Charlotte Bond listed as Draper and Grocer, 2 Daughters, (18 and 16 yrs), Brother Henry Bird-Draper Assistant, 1 draper apprentice, 4 Draper Assistants, 2 house servants and Niece (12 yrs). Market Place/King Street corner-11 Market Place.

By 1861, Charlotte leaves the everyday running of the business to her brother Henry Bird.

1862/3, Charlotte sells her land at £100 per acre in Willingham Road, for the Grammar School. She goes with her unmarried daughter to Newcastle, and enjoys her life as a Lady of means.

Charlotte Bond,
photograph from family

1872,Charlotte died on 11th November, she left £18,000, in her will to her children.

Died twice!

James and Charlotte had a son called James Bond, he was born in April 1829, and died in March 1851, in Market Rasen

More information on the Bond business and other trades can be found under the by following – Market Rasen/The People/Tradespeople of Market Rasen/Bond…


On 6th July the Society had an interesting talk on herbs

Cindy’s website covers all aspects of herbs and their use in remedies

‘Cherbs Herbal’ Talk – Herbs used for healing thorough the ages

Cindy Teague gave an interesting talk on how herbs and plants have been used since the beginning of time. Several members tried some herbal remedies.

Cindy went on to recount Henry VIII’s interest in medicine and
herbs. And, how he established the Royal  College of Physicians on 23 September 1518. He also granted a royal charter to the ‘United Company of Barber Surgeons’ which placed physicians firmly at the top of the profession, in 1540. It was recorded that he tried to cure his leg ulcers by himself with herbs from his garden.

Cindy invited the audience to look at her website

Lincoln Cathedral Talk

On 4th May in Market Rasen Library, RHS Members David Oliver and Caroline Foster gave an interesting talk on Lincoln Cathedral.

David Oliver is a Tour Guide for the Cathedral and the Library. He enlightened his audience using photographs of the nooks and crannies of the Cathedral. Things you would miss if they were not pointed out to you. He also gave a short history of the Cathedral.

Caroline Foster explained that there were 4 tours available in the Cathedral

1 The Cathedral ground floor

2 The Library

3 The Tower

4 The Roof

She had been on the Roof Tour and her slide show had some unusual photographs.

More information from the Cathedral’s website –


Rase Heritage recreate ‘Arming A Knight’ as part of Lincoln ‘Knights Trail’ to launch in May.

Thursday February 2nd, in Market Rasen Library

Terry Brighton, local historian, introduced his son Richard, the Rase Heritage ‘Knight’ for the evening.

Richard Brighton, formally at Leeds Armoury, is now Fight Director of a company specialising in swordplay in films and theatre.

Terry gave a short introduction on the ‘Knights Trail’ which is being launched in Lincoln in May.


He also talked about the local Knight, Sir John Pouger who fought for Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt. Sir John was Knight of West Rasen, Middle and East Rasen. It is believed that Sir John died of his wounds on 1st December 1415 and is buried in Calais. It is recorded that he made his will on 24th November, stating that he wished to be buried there.
Terry, then played Page and dressed the Knight, while Sir Richard explained to the audience how his armour worked and felt. The audience were invited to handle, and try on, some of the items that included helmet, gloves, and shoulder guards.

30 people, members and guests, enjoyed an educational and entertaining evening with several really awful ‘Knight’ jokes

RHS had 1916 remembrance window display in Rasen Hub

rhs-hub-1916-win-os-smallDuring November 2016 the Hub in Union street displayed a window showing the 27 men who died during 1916 in keeping with the month of remembrance.

Rase Heritage Society have researched the whole of 1916 including  Market Rasen life, the war itself and full details of one the bloodiest battles – the Somme, where many men from Rasen met their deaths fighting for King and Country.

The window to the street showed details of the 27 Rasen men with photos where they are available.

rhs-hub-1916-win-is-smallThe inside display had the full story of Market Rasen life in 1916, the Somme and its timeline, including the introduction of the Tank, successes and failures, and the overall casualty numbers. It also listed the 27 men.

Accompanying the display were 3 comprehensive booklets going into even greater detail, two in support of the display panels and one on the seamen from the Market Rasen area who also lost their lives in the War at Sea 1914 -18.

Our most interesting night yet!

dsc_9803Metal detecting was the subject of the RHS meeting on Thursday evening 6th October. Hazel Barnard remarked at the end ‘this must be our most interesting event ever!’

The event covered the detector itself, the method of working, the necessary ‘permissions’ to search and how any ‘treasure’ was divvied up.

The most important part of the evening was inspecting forty finds as they were passed around all the members and guests. Many coins – from just about every century, brooches, seals, livestock bells, dice and details of a gold ring worth around £4,000. There was even a flint axe from over 3,000 years ago – not found by the detector but found whilst searching for objects.

It was Hazel, Vice Chair and trustee of RHS, who spotted detectorists at work in a field near her home that started the story. She talked to Jason who was working there and eventually got around to the question of if he could talk to the Heritage Society about his hobby.


Charlie Atkinson

He said he couldn’t but he ‘knew a man who could’ Charlie Atkinson, a fellow treasure seeker had a prepared talk, and finds, so he was the man to speak to.

Charlie was born in Lincoln and brought up in Reepham and started metal detecting when his work in the transport industry took him to Norfolk. He is now back in Lincolnshire spending most Sunday mornings out searching for that next elusive find.

The result of that chance meeting with Jason was a fascinating evening on the subject of looking for ‘treasure’ but, more important, finding the real treasure that is England’s history all wrapped up in some of the smallest objects – all impossible to find without the metal detector.

And, as Charlie pointed out, it not just finding things, everything needs be catalogued, researched and recorded so the hobby has far more to it than just wandering around the delightful fields of Lincolnshire.

Charlie, assisted by his colleague Glenn, started by going through the detector and how it worked, costs of the equipment, and the value of a properly regulated method of working. The members and guests then spent over an hour examining, close up, the finds that Charlie had brought with him.

He finished by talking about the ‘Nighthawks’ the unregulated detectorists, working without permissions, mostly at night and literally ‘poaching’ to bring that problem into the digital age.

He did speak highly of local farmers and landowners who granted them the rights to ‘sweep’ their fields. He also said that any valuable finds are split 50/50 with the landowners so there is an incentive for all involved.