Middle Rasen – Church and Chapel

A look at some of the significant buildings and events, with a timeline, of Middle rasen

St Peter’s and St Pauls Church

The Church in the days of the horse and cart.

St Peter’s – Built by the Monks of Tupholme Abbey, restored in 1860, by using the stones from St Paul’s; also the decorated window.

St Paul’s – Built by Drax Priory, pulled down in 1860.

1842 – Rev John Robinson (St Peters), Rev Bland (St Pauls)

1856 – Rev William Bland

St Peter and St Paul’s Church Grade 11 listed

1863 – Rev S Sheen

1872 – Rev William H Bland; sexton – John Atkin

1885 – Rev Arthur W Tryon,   sexton – Joseph Butler


In the 19th 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.

1911 – 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.

God’s Acre, near the site of St Paul’s.

George and Mary Holmes died 1894 and 1893; aged 77 years

George Holmes was born in 1817 in Normanby by Spital. In the1841 census; he is single, Ag. labourer in Sixhills. Summer 1841 he married Mary   Wilkinson By the1851 census; he is living in Glentham as an agricultural labourer, with Mary, Anthony and in 1841,  Robert 1843, James 1845 and Adam in 1847.In the 1861 census; he is a foreman Agricultural labourer living in Middle Rasen. He is with Mary and 2 other agricultural labourers, as lodgers) Anthony, a Carter and Adam a school boy By the 1871 census; he is living in Hibaldstow, and working as foreman on farm, with Mary and James  In the1881 census; George and Mary are living in North Street, Middle Rasen, he is a farm labourer The 1891 census sees them living in the High Street, Middle Rasen, he is an agricultural labourer. 1893 Mary died  and George died in 1894

Sons – Anthony, There is no record found to date after 1861 census. By 1881, Robert is married and has moved to Sheffield to be near brothers. He was a Police Constable locally and in Sheffield. James, married and living in Sheffield, Master Carter. Adam, married and living in Sheffield, wheelwright employing men

Holmes boys did well for themselves in Sheffield which make explain how they could afford a headstone for their parents.

The Chapel

Chapel open on 3rd August 1911 – picture by Starbuck. Date unknown

Chapel 2010

















RHS would like to thank everyone who helped with this project Information from – Tony Trevor’s book “How the River Flows” Brian Lingard. Kelly’s directories, Library, Lincolnshire Family History Society, Ancestry.co.uk, Lincstothepast.com, Genuki.org.uk, Market Rasen Mail ”Like a Rasen Fiddler” by Mary Shipley. The History of Middle Rasen by Helen Zealand. Middle Rasen Parish website. St Peter and St Paul’s website. Methodist Church’s Centenary Booklet. Tudor Lincolnshire by Gerald AJ Hodgett