Unlocking the church’s past in Market Rasen

Verger of St Thomas's Chris Middleton, with heritage society members David Oliver and Caroline Foster EMN-150411-153213001
Verger of St Thomas's Chris Middleton, with heritage society members David Oliver and Caroline Foster EMN-150411-153213001
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Members of Rase Heritage Society were given a personal insight into the past of the town’s church through some of its historic documents.

The afternoon was hosted by verger of St Thomas, Chris Middleton, who had taken along vestry meetings from the 19th century and transcripts of registers back to the 16th century from the archives.

“The Rev Steve Johnson has given permission for the Society to have access to these items and we are pleased to be supporting the town’s heritage and the spread of knowledge in this way,” said Mr Middleton.

Among the items was an old church key discovered while digging out for the boiler at the turn of the 19th century.

Mr Middleton explained how the key had been given to a passing boy, James Sanderson, who arrived home and proudly told his mum he had found the key to heaven.

“It has been a fascinating afternoon,” said Rase Heritage Society chairman Caroline Foster.

“It has been wonderful to hear the stories Chris has had to tell and, while some information can be found online these days, there is nothing like handling the old documents.”

Society’s new display venue

Old Police Station

Working in collaboration with the town council, a new display is now housed within the Old Police Station.

On show

A number of items from the Rase Heritage Collection are on show, as well as images from the Rasen Mail glass negative collection of the 1950s for people to identify and the touring Tudors display.

Opening times

The display is open, in the old court house section of the building, on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. Use the court room door or, if locked, the main council entrance.

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