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St Matthew's Church on Church Street
Rastrick is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population11,351 (Ward. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE140217
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHD6
Dialling code01484
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°41′32″N 1°47′18″W / 53.6921°N 1.7883°W / 53.6921; -1.7883Coordinates: 53°41′32″N 1°47′18″W / 53.6921°N 1.7883°W / 53.6921; -1.7883

Rastrick is a village in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Halifax. The population of the Calderdale Civil Ward at the 2011 census was 11,351.[1] It is perhaps best known for its association, along with its neighbour Brighouse, with the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. Along with Brighouse, it is part of Calderdale, but shares a Huddersfield postcode and phone number.

Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is on an incline facing north-east, the Parish Church, is vertically in the middle.

The area around the Parish Church is known as "Top o' t'Town" and the area around the Junction public house is known as "Bottom o' t'Town", this reflects the days when Rastrick had its own governance in the form of a Town Board whose Offices and lock-up were situated halfway between the two, on Ogden Lane.

Remains of a fort have been found at Castle Hill, just below Top o' Town.


The name Rastrick is thought to be Viking in origin, with the "..ick" formation being common to many Norwegian Viking placenames, including "Jorvick", the Viking name for York.

Rastrick is well known for its pubs and the "Rastrick Run" is a popular pub crawl.

Rastrick, and the variation Raistrick are English surnames, originating from the area of the town.


Rastrick is a village and a ward of Calderdale, a metropolitan borough within the ceremonial county of West Yorkshire in England.[2] The parish of Rastrick was recorded on 1 July 1837 as part of the Halifax Registration District. It was abolished as a distinct parish on 1 April 1937 and merged with the neighbouring parish of Brighouse as part of the Borough of Brighouse.[3] On 1 April 1938 the borough was transferred to the neighbouring registration district of 'Calder' and in 1974 it was abolished as part of the creation of Calderdale. Rastrick became a ward of Calderdale, with boundaries similar to those of the original parish.


The ward of Rastrick is bordered to the north by the River Calder, which separates it from the ward of Brighouse. To the east and south the border with the Kirklees ward of Ashbrow roughly follows the M62 motorway. The traditional north western boundary between Elland and Rastrick was the edge of the escarpment, but the Elland Ward boundary is further east, encompassing parts of the old parish of Rastrick as far as Dewsbury Road and the crossroads with New Hey Road. The village is neighboured by the towns of Brighouse to the north and Elland to the west. The village of Fixby is to the south east and Ainley Top is to the south west.

Community facilities[edit]

Rastrick has its own Library which can be found on Crowtrees Lane and a Doctors surgery at Rastrick Health Centre which is on Chapel Croft. A second Doctors surgery is situated at the junction of Castle Avenue and Field Top Road.


The highest point in the village is Round Hill which is adjacent to the grounds of Rastrick Cricket Club. This appears man made but is thought to be of natural origin.[4] The Clough House Inn, on Clough Lane, is easily seen from the nearby M62. It was originally the White Lion Inn which was built in 1824, and is named as such on the 1835 and 1850 maps.[5]


The nearest railway station is in Brighouse but is near Rastrick. An extensive bus service is provided by several operators under the guidance of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.


Rastrick has two secondary schools, Rastrick High School and Rastrick Independent School. Rastrick has several primary schools, including Carr Green Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Castlefields Infants School, Field Lane Primary School and Longroyde Junior School. The William Henry Smith residential SEBD School is on Boothroyd Lane.

Religious sites[edit]

St John the Divine, built 1913

There are two Anglican churches in the village. St Matthew's Church, which is used jointly by the Anglicans and the Methodists and is situated on Church Street. Across the road from this Church is Rastrick Parish Centre, the church hall for St Matthew's Church. The Church of St John the Divine is located off Gooder Lane close to Brighouse railway station and was designed by Nicholson and Corlette in 1913.[6][7] Both St Matthew's and St John's share the same Church of England vicar.

The non-denominational New Road Family Church is located on New Hey Road and has been in existence since 1837.[clarification needed] New Road Sunday School originally opened on 3 April 1837. It was also used as "New Road Board School" until 1912, when this was superseded by Carr Green Board School. In 1872 a Band of Hope Society was formed, but this closed shortly afterwards. Ten years later a second attempt was more successful. In 1887 the New Road Cricket Club was formed at the premises. During the Second World War the building housed a restaurant.[8]

Upper Edge Baptist Church is located on Dewsbury Road.[9]


The cricket club in Rastrick, Rastrick Cricket Club, is found next to Round Hill, the highest point in Rastrick. Round Hill is a popular playing area for children in the area. A second cricket club, Badger Hill Cricket Club, play on the field on New Hey Road.[citation needed]

Rastrick Bowling Club is situated at the bottom of Toothill Bank which has many local bowling teams and entertainment nights, and is also a good venue for parties. Rastrick Constitutional Club (also known as Top Club) has been situated on Church Street since 1886 and is known for its snooker teams.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Rastrick was the birthplace of religious writer Margaret Barber who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Fairless, and the eccentric inventor Wilf Lunn.

Acclaimed travel writer, photographer, and adventure motorcyclist Christopher Paul Baker attended Rastrick Grammar School (1966–73).


  1. ^ "Calderdale Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Rastrick". 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. ^ "HALIFAX REGISTRATION DISTRICT". 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  4. ^ "West Yorkshire Geological Trust: Round Hill, Rastrick" (PDF). August 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Geograph:: Rastrick - Calderdale District - West Yorkshire - Part 1". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ "History > St. John the Divine, Rastrick". www.stjohnsrastrick.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Monday 7 April 1913 p.8 col.6: "New church at Rastrick"
  8. ^ "Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Schools & Sunday Schools : N". freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ WebsiteBuilder, 1&1. "Home - A WebsiteBuilder Website". www.uebc.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ Rastrick Constitutional Club Archived 19 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine

The history of Brighouse, Rastrick, and Hipperholme; with monorial notes on Coley, Lightcliffe, Northowram, Shelf, Fixby, Clifton and Kirklees (1893), Turner, J. Horsfall (Joseph Horsfall)

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