The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew Rastrick


A  History

Compiled by J. Richard Kay  M.A., C. Eng., M.I.C.E.,

 Churchwarden 2008 - 2015

ECC Secretary 2015 -

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A History of The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew, Rastrick version. δ Intro 

Revised April 2022



  1. From the Romans to the 14th Century

1.1  Early Christianity in Britain

1.2  Christianity reaches the West Riding of Yorkshire

1.3  The Saxon Cross Base at St Matthew’s 

1.4  The Norman Invasion and Domesday Book

1.5  Post Conquest Church Building and Feuding

1.6. The 13th and 14th Centuries before the the First  Chapel

1.7  The Ecclesiastical Boundary Stone                                                                                

1.1.1 to 1.1.6

1.2.1 to 1.2.5

1.3.1 to 1.3.4

1.4.1 to 1.4.4

1.5.1 to 1.5.3

1.6.1 to 1.6.3



2.    The Church Buildings

2.1 The First Chapel

2.2 The Second Chapel

2.3 The Present Church Building

2.4 The Present Church Building in the 21st century

2.1.1 to 2.1.4

2.2.1 to 2.2.8

2.3 1 to 2.3.26

2.4.1 to 2.4.9

3.The Churchyard

3.1 to 3.18

4. The Vicarage


5. St Matthew’s Schools

5.1 to 5.6

6. The Parish Centre

6.1 to 6.3

7. Crowtrees Methodist Chapel

7.1 to 7.9

8. The Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP)

8.1 to 8.16

9. List of Incumbents and Methodist Ministers

9.1 to 9.3

10. Acknowledgements

10.1 to 10.7

11. List of Appendices

11.1 to 11.2

      Appendices Links - see below

App.1 to App.49


Index p1 to p 6

11.   List of Appendices


Appendix A

Extracts from ‘A History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme’ by J Horsfall Turner

App 1

Appendix B

Photographs of William Morton Shaw, Verger, Joseph Travis Clay and Robert Gill Irving

App 3

Appendix C

Grass-root Unity at Rastrick by Dudley Akeroyd

App 4

Appendix D

‘Long Engagement - Happy Marriage’ by John Mothersdale

App 5

Appendix E

Details of the Organ from the National Pipe Organ Register

App 6

Appendix F

Details of St Matthew’s Church Grade II* Listing

App 7

Appendix G

1. Details of Saxon Cross Listed Building 

2. Details of Saxon Cross Ancient Monument

3. Details of Saxon Cross Base on Historic England website

App 8

Appendix H

  1. Details of Ecclesiastical Boundary Stone

App 12

Appendix I

Centenary of Methodism in Rastrick 1859- 1959 (see below)

App 13

Appendix J

Details of the St Matthew's soldiers who  died during the Great War 1914-18

App 14

Appendix K

Brief History of the Church of St John the Divine, Rastrick

App 22

Appendix L

Sketch of the First and Second Chapels of St Matthew, Rastrick

App 23

Appendix M

The Apse Figures on the East Wall

App 24

Appendix N

Official Handbook of the 1895 Grand Bazaar (see below)

App 26

Appendix O

Extracts from  “Report on the Endowed Charities of the Parish of Halifax 1894-95” relating to Mary Law Charity and William Marsden’s Charity

App 27

Appendix P

The War Memorial and the ‘Sutcliffe’ Problem

App 28

Appendix Q

“Church War memorial” - Press cutting June 30,1922

App 31

Appendix R

Letter from the Ecclesiastical Commission to Revd Robert G. Irving of 26 July 1881

App 34

Appendix S

United Methodist Church, Crowtrees Lane Jubilee Celebrations October 18th & 19th, 1919.       Photocopy of booklet

App 35

Appendix T

Gravestones in the 1798 Churchyard Re-located in 1973

App 36

Appendix U

Index of 1823 Churchyard Grave Inscriptions

App 37

Appendix V

Celebrating a Church in Rastrick for 650 Years

A Service of Celebration 22nd September 2013

App 43

 Appendix W.    T Jeffery's  Map of Yorkshire, surveyed between 1767 & 1770                                          App 44 

Appendix X      Wayside Crosses                                                                                                 App 48

Appendix Y        List of Churchwardens        (in preparation)                                                                              App 49                                                            

Appendix I The Centenary of the Crowtrees Methodist Church is recorded in a booklet written by the Minister Revd. Gordon Jenkins in 1959.

Appendix N The Official Handbook of the 1895 Bazaar is available for inspection in St Matthew's Church

There is an interesting Luddite story from 1812 concerning a young man named Rayner who lived near to  St Matthew's Church see Ghosts and Legends of the Lower Calder Valley