Market Rasen

Historic Market Rasen railway station building to be restored thanks to lottery funding

The old railway station at Market Rasen will be restored to its former glory thanks to a £463,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Offices, a community space with meeting rooms and an entrance hall showing the story of the 19th century station will be created as part of the restoration project, organised by the Market Rasen Station Community Project Ltd.

Construction work involves replacing the stonework at the entrance with locally sourced stone, with the brickwork restored and replaced where needed and the windows refurbished using the existing frames if possible.

The offices will be available for small, start-up businesses, with business advice and expertise available.

They will be affordable to rent and on flexible terms.

The derelict Grade II listed building dates back to 1848 when it was opened as part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway.

The project previously benefitted from a development grant of £71,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the building watertight.

During the restoration works on-site tours will be available to allow visitors to see the building at various stages, also with taster courses in heritage skills.

Trainees and apprentices will be involved in the construction works with opportunities for volunteers too.

Hazel Barnard, the project’s heritage officer is collecting stories from past employees and their families as well as local historians for the entrance hall and the Market Rasen Station website. 

Emma Wardell, chair of the Market Rasen Station Community Project Ltd, said: “The grant will see the long-needed restoration of this beautiful but derelict station building for the benefit of the local community, and will allow us to celebrate and preserve its valuable heritage.”