As the townspeople of Market Rasen sadly kept seeing the Grade II Market Rasen Station building gradually falling further and further into decay it was apparent to all that help to restore the building was urgently required.
Local partners formed a Community Interest Company to take the project forward, and a successful application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our private sector partner, Lindum Group, also contributed significant funds to the project. Further funding to realise our plans was secured from the Railway Heritage Trust, Tesco, West Lindsey District Council, the Rotary Club of Market Rasen and Market Rasen Town Council.
This has enabled us to renovate the building into a Heritage Centre telling the story of the station since the railway came to Market Rasen in the 1840s.
What has the project achieved?
- Complete restoration of this Grade II listed building on the ‘At Risk’ register
- A fabulous Heritage Centre with display areas, a café, a community room, and offices
- Fascinating displays about the station’s history, its decline and restoration
- The involvement of volunteers who told their stories of living or working at the station years ago
- A range of activities during the construction phase, including hard hat tours, work placements for trainees and displays of student artwork
- Heritage building skills demonstrations for students from local schools and colleges
- Workshops in heritage joinery and stone masonry
- Education resources for primary schools