Rastrick

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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 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.

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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History

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.

Geography

Geographically Rastrick comprises all the part of the old Borough of Brighouse situated South of the Calder and currently is bordered by the M62 motorway and the Elland Edge boundary with the former Elland U.D.C. It is neighboured by the towns of Brighouse and Elland and villages of Fixby and Ainley Top.

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