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Coordinates: 53°41′32″N 1°47′18″W / 53.6921°N 1.7883°W / 53.6921; -1.7883

Rastrick is located in West Yorkshire

 Rastrick shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE140217
Metropolitan borough Calderdale
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD6
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Calder Valley
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Rastrick is a village in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Halifax. It is perhaps best known for its association, along with its neighbour Brighouse, with the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. Legally, along with Brighouse, it is part of Calderdale, but shares a Huddersfield postcode and phone number.

The village is on an incline facing north-east, the dubious "Top o' Town", as known by locals, referring to the Parish Church area, is vertically in the middle, and to the North East.

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

Rastrick is bordered by the A643, the M62 motorway and the A629 Elland bypass. From there. It is neighboured by the towns of Brighouse and Elland and villages of Fixby and Ainley Top.

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 has its own Library which can be found on Crowtrees Lane and a Doctors, Rastrick Health Centre which is on Chapel Croft. The Church in Rastrick is St Matthew's Church and situated across the road from the Church is Rastrick Parish Centre, the Church hall for St Matthew's Church. Both of these are found on Church Street at Top o' Top.

The Cricket Club in Rastrick, Rastrick CC, is found next to Round Hill, the highest point in Rastrick. Round Hill is a popular playing area for children in the area.

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 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.



The highest point in the village is Round Hill which is in the grounds of the Cricket Club.


The nearest railway station is in the neighbouring town of Brighouse. 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

Notable people

Rastrick was the birthplace of religious writer Margaret Barber who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Fairless.

Wilfred Makepiece Lunn Actor


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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