infobox UK place
country = England
latitude = 53.6921
longitude = -1.7883
map_type = West Yorkshire
official_name = Rastrick
population =
metropolitan_borough = Calderdale
metropolitan_county = West Yorkshire
region = Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster = Calder Valley
post_town = BRIGHOUSE
postcode_district = HD6
postcode_area = HD
dial_code = 01484
os_grid_reference = SE140217

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 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.

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

Rastrick has two secondary school, Rastrick High School and Rastrick Independent School.

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

External links

* [http://members.aol.com/calderdale/mmr10.html Calderdale Companion: Rastrick]
* [http://www.brighouseandrastrickband.co.uk/ Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band]

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