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Holy Rood Catholic Church

Where Bernie Taupin was an altar boy and was married

Holy Rood Catholic Church
Holy Rood Catholic Church
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2001

Holy Rood Catholic Church
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2001

King Street
Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8

On This Very Spot in the late 50s and early 60s, both Bernie Taupin and his older brother Tony served as altar boys. Although there was an Anglican church just up the lane from Taupin's childhood home in Owmby-by-Spital, the Taupin family was Catholic, so they attended Holy Rood Catholic Church here in Market Rasen. Taupin often uses Catholic and religious imagery in his lyrics.

On This Very Spot in 1971, Taupin married Maxine Fiebelman, inspiration for the song "Tiny Dancer," with Elton John as best man. Because Elton had not yet legally changed his name, he signed the church registry with his original name of Reginald Dwight.

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Condition: This church remains unchanged from Bernie Taupin's day.

Public Access: This is a functioning church and is open to the public during usual hours.

Parking: There is free public parking available along the village streets.

Location: Market Rasen is about 15 miles north of Lincoln.

Nearest Major Airport: Birmingham or Manchester

Nearest Rail: Market Rasen

Directions: Take the A46 north out of Lincoln and watch for the signs after you pass through Middle Rasen. The brick church is on the left before entering the main village. Market Rasen is also accessible by rail from Lincoln.

Latitude: 53.388300; Longitude: -0.340000

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