Although the weather continues to be against us, we’re delighted to let everyone know that work is now going ahead at speed at the Railway Station with an anticipated date for completion being end of May THIS YEAR!
West Lindsey District Council has approved our sample of lime mortar rendering which will be used for external repairs and we’re just waiting for the sample of stone repair to dry out and hopefully be approved. The work on these samples has been carried out by our master stonemason Gary whose photo is here and also a photo of one of his colleagues carrying out a stone repair.
Gary has a wealth of knowledge of working with stone and Ancaster stone in particular which is the type of stone that was originally used on the Station, so if you are interested in talking to Gary please let us know as he is often on site.
Although our progress at the Station is slower than we would like, our master Stone Mason, Gary Dickman has produced a sample of stonework to make sure it matches the existing stonework in the entrance and windows, and the sample was pronounced to be ‘absolutely beautiful’ by officers at West Lindsey District Council.
Next week we will be carrying out repairs to the flat roof above the main entrance which will ensure that this part of the building will be watertight and in good condition going forward.
We already have interest in the offices and have been happy to show people round the building and luckily they seem to be able to envisage how good the building will look when work is complete! We have also had interest shown in using part of the building as a tea room, so refreshments may also be available for visitors at the same time as learning about the history of the building.
If you would like further details on the office space please contact Lynn Ritson on 01522 852441 or 07795 604996.
After lots of hiccups along the way, our building work is progressing and thanks to our Heritage Lottery Grant we will also be able to provide Heritage Displays in the Station. We have been busy gathering information on the history of the Railway Station for display and you may be able to help!
If anyone has any artefacts, or railway memorabilia, pictures etc which they would like to loan or donate to the Heritage Centre in the Station, do please get in touch with us on 01522 852441 or email via our website.
Our research has revealed a typical working day in the Station Master’s life in the 1950’s:
- 6.00am the mail and milk train arrived which the duty porter would deal with.
7.30 the station was inspected and the drivers rota’s sorted for the day.
9.00 the sack account was balanced, making sure each sack was accounted for.
During the day all the passenger trains were seen off by the Station Master’s whistle.
In the afternoon the goods, grain and produce that arrived from local farms were loaded onto goods wagons.
3.00pm full wagons of coal arrived.
On wages day the Station Master would travel to the signal boxes and gatehouses to deliver their wages by self propelling hand card.
There were three porters, two lorry drivers, a clerk and two other members of staff.
We hope to have lots of items and information to display but we need your help, so please get in touch.
The Girl Guides At the Station Waiting to Go to Camp – does anyone recognise themselves? Please let us know if you remember this!
Now the excitement of being awarded our heritage lottery grant has sunk in, the real work begins!
Restoration works are programmed to start at the beginning of June, when we will begin to see real changes to the Station taking place.
In the meantime, advice has been taken from the West Lindsey Conservation Officer in conjunction with the Council Planning Officers to ensure that we do our best to restore the building sympathetically.
We are making arrangements to strip the stonework of its paint, as one of our first major jobs is to find out how much of the stonework actually needs replacing or repairing.
Replacing and repairing the stonework is highly skilled and expensive work. The highly skilled stonemasons at the Cathedral have been very helpful in giving us advice and confirming the original stone to be Ancaster Hard White,
Lots of craftsmen will be on site at different times with opportunities for trainees to learn about working on a listed building and the skills required, and at some point during the course of the refurbishment, we will be holding a demonstration where our stone mason will be able to show case his skills and for some hands-on work by trainees.
If you would like more information please email or keep checking our website or sign up to our blog to be kept informed.
The restoration of Market Rasen Old Railway Station has been given the green light thanks to National Lottery players!
Following a successful second round application by the specially formed Market Rasen Station Community Project Community Interest Company, a grant of £463,900 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to transform the derelict Grade II listed railway station building.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this grant will now enable works to begin to restore the building dating back to 1848, when it was opened as part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.
We had our final meeting with HLF East Midlands on 1st March and our application will be heard by the committee on 9th, so it’s a nail biting week for all of us involved in the project. We all want this application to succeed so the building can be brought back to a useful and productive life.
It’s not just us either, lots of people who live locally and people who use the train service are just as excited as us, so fingers crossed everybody.
As soon as we know, we will let you know.
Press Release December 2016
The community interest company, Market Rasen Station Community Project Ltd are working hard to restore Market Rasen’s grade II listed derelict railway station building and bring it back to its former glory. This building heralded the arrival of the railway through our rural Lincolnshire town in 1848, part of the ‘railway mania’ as it became known. This company was called the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.
This project has only been possible with the financial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a development grant of £71,700 has been used to strip and repair the roof to make it watertight for the first time in many years, provide hard hat tours and develop a plan for heritage activities and interpretation.
This is not the end of the story we hope, as we have a second round application with HLF for a grant of £465,800 that will support the total refurbishment of the interior to provide modern start up office spaces and community space in what was the booking hall and stationmaster’s office. This space is much needed in town, it will enable small groups to meet in a pleasant environment and will have many uses, from the local heritage group monthly meetings to hosting art exhibitions and many more opportunities. There will also be a permanent display of the heritage and history of the building from its opening in 1848 to its closure in 1966. Hazel Barnard, the heritage officer, is currently meeting with various people who had an involvement with the workings of the station in the late 20th century. Their stories along with previously known information will form the core of the displays.
While our second round application is being considered, the building will remain under wraps with hoardings surrounding it, these hoardings are being used as a temporary display space with paintings depicting train travel from students at De Aston School and CLIP, both based in town, and two notice boards to keep the travelling public up to date with the restoration works. We are doing all we can to minimise the disruption to members of the public and the award winning Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, a local voluntary group, continue to ensure that the platform areas are kept looking their absolute best.
Follow us on Twitter @MktRasenStation, our website http://www.marketrasenstation.com or contact Hazel via email at email@example.com.
In keeping with its status as a grade II listed building, as much as is possible of the original building is being saved, these photographs show the rafters after the slates have been removed and clearly shows the effort being made to preserve the fabric. The new sections are being inserted to replace the water damaged wood on the platform facing side, the final photograph shows the lining being placed on the car park facing side which didn’t need remedial work to the rafters. Everybody will be happier once the building is finally watertight.
The roofers have removed all the slates and are now looking at the rafters to decide what needs to be replaced.