Around Brighouse

At one time Rastrick was larger than Brighouse today it’s a village off Brighouse, most people know it as one part of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band although it has other historical and notable merits of its own, did you know it’s the home of Wrights Brandi snap and has been since 1900, The Brighouse Rail Station is actually built on the boundary of Rastrick.

Rastrick is a highly populated village with properties spreading its entire length and breadth it also had an amazing number of pubs in fact even today it still has around a dozen pubs along with several clubs and array of shops, takeaways and business’s it also still has a working open caste quarry on its border with Elland, Rastrick is another village built on a steep gradient although unlike Clifton its vast developments start at the Brighouse boundary and just goes on and on to the top of village where it joins Huddersfield and Elland boundaries.

Travelling Around Rastrick.

Leaving Brighouse over the River Calder at Bridge End and turning into Bramston Street as you climb the hill passing Thomas Street on your right before reaching Hillside Garage, hidden on the left between the houses is the remarkable Wrights Brandy Snap factory (established 1850) as the road progresses up the hill it changes to Thornhill Road as it bends to the right across the mini roundabout is Rastrick Independent School on your left at the corner of Ogden Lane over the roundabout with a row of shops on your right and the Rastrick Constitutional Club on the left the A643 now becomes Church Street as it bends to the left is St Matthews Anglican & Methodist Church and as the A643 now becomes Crowtrees Lane as you pass Rastrick Library set back on the right nestling in between the houses.

Further up on Crowtrees Lane is the now Closed Greyhound Inn? at the double roundabout with (Delf Hill Lane off to your right which leads to large Field Lane Estate and Lower Edge eventually leading to Elland), continuing up the A643 which now becomes New Hey Road to the traffic light with the Sun Inn on the right of the junction with Dewsbury Road which goes down Upper Edge to Elland, as New Hey Road continues on to Ainley Top by turning left at the lights we travel on Clough Lane Passing the newly constructed Brighouse and Elland Fire Station which also serves as a fire and rescue unit for the nearby M62 motorway, further along is the Round House Inn with the Rastrick Cricket & Athletic Club (which locals know as the famous Round Hill Cricket Ground) a stone’s throw up the hill which is overlooked by a massive grassed round hill (most unusual landmark) beyond this is the motorway underpass with the newly refurbished Four Sons Inn on the left (Formerly The Clough House Inn) as the road continues over the Rastrick Boundary in to Fixby.

Making our way back to the Rastrick Independent School and down Ogden Lane to the bottom of the lane and at the junction with Toothill Bank is the Junction Inn (and the Rastrick Bowling & Social Club, up Toothill Bank), Round the bend to the left along Rastrick Common is Castlefields Golf Club on the left with the White Horse Public House further along on the right, continuing along round the right hand bend now into Gooder Lane and reaching the Brighouse Rail Station with The Railway Inn at the end of the road as it joins with the A641 Huddersfield to Bradford main road.