Place:Rastrick, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Coordinates53.692°N 1.883°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoCalderdale, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandborough into which it was absorbed in 1915
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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. 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.

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Rastrick was in the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax in the in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Deighton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"RASTRICK, a township-chapelry and a sub-district, in Halifax parish and district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The chapelry lies on the river Calder, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 3½ miles N of Huddersfield; and has a station jointly with Brighouse on the railway, and a post-office under Brighouse. Acres: 1,290. Real property: £10,140; of which £200 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851: 3,917; in 1861: 4,516. Houses: 1,005. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to W. Thornhill, Esq. Rastrick House, Toot-hill, Woodhouse, and Boothroyd are chief residences. There are woollen mills, a cotton factory, and stonequarries. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of Halifax. The church was built in 1790, and is in the Grecian style. There are a handsome Independent chapel, a Quakers chapel, an endowed school with £65 a year, and charites £16.—-The sub-district contains also Fixbytownship, and comprises 2,180 acres. Pop: 4,904. Houses: 1,080.


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Rastrick is a village and a ward of Calderdale, a metropolitan borough within the ceremonial county of West Yorkshire in England. 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. 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.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Rastrick. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Rastrick.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to four maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding North 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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