Market Rasen Mail

Market Rasen Mail

Market Rasen Mail is a weekly newspaper which serves Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England and the surrounding area.

It was founded in 1856 by Richard Hackett (1823 – 1892), the son of a local farmer[1]. At the age of 18, Richard Hacket was working as an apprentice to a printer in Queen Street, Market Rasen[2]. After a period as a bookseller in London[3], Richard returned to Market Rasen to establish the Market Rasen Mail. The first edition was published on the 8th May 1856[4].

In 1947, the Mail was bought by Charles Edward “Teddy” Sharpe, who remained associated with the title until his death in 1983. He modernised the business and expanded it by buying the Horncastle News and the printing company Mortons of Horncastle.

In 2001, the Mail was bought by Johnston Press.[5]

One of the biggest stories in the history of the paper happened on 27 February 2008, when Market Rasen was at the epicentre of an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale. Reporters responded with a multi-media package of articles, videos, eye-witness accounts and reader submissions.[6]

According to data from analysts JICREG, weekly circulation of Market Rasen Mail was 4,097 in the period January-June 2009.[7]


  1. ^ FreeReg. Baptism Registers. Available online: baptism record. Last accessed 5 Nov 2011
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics, London. Census - England & Wales – 1841. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey: HO107/642; Book 7; Folio 37; Page 15 (Lincolnshire, Market Rasen, Enumeration District 2, page 15).
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics, London. Census - England & Wales – 1851. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey: HO107/1605; Folio 64; Page 24 (Surrey, Richmond, Enumeration District 2b, page 24).
  4. ^ Market Rasen Mail (2011), ‘Mail delivered centenary news’, 4 May, page 4.
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