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. ε Intro 

Revised April 2024












 From the Romans to the 14th Century

 Early Christianity in Britain

 Christianity reaches the West Riding of Yorkshire

 The Saxon Cross Base at St Matthew’s 

 The Norman Invasion and Domesday Book

 Post Conquest Church Building and Feuding

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

 The Ecclesiastical Boundary Stone

1.1.1 to 1.1.6

1.2.1 to 1.2.6

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







  The Church Buildings

 The First Chapel

 The Second Chapel

 The Present Church Building (1798 to 1999)

 The Present Church building in the 21st Century

2.1.1 to 2.1.5

2.2.1 to 2.2.8

2.3.1 to 2.3.26

2.4.1 to 2.4.12


 The Churchyard

3.1 to 3.18


The Vicarage



St Matthew’s Schools

5.1 to 5.6


The Parish Centre

6.1 to 6.3


Crowtrees Methodist Chapel

7.1 to 7.9


The Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP)

8.1 to 8.17


List of Incumbents and Methodist Ministers

9.1 to 9.3



10.1 to 10.8


 List of Appendices

11.1 to 11.2


App.1 to  App.52


Index p 1 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

App 8

Appendix H

  1. Details of Ecclesiastical Boundary Stone

App 12

Appendix I

Centenary of Methodism in Rastrick 1859- 1959

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

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 37

Appendix U

Index of 1823 Churchyard Grave Inscriptions

App 38

Appendix V

Celebrating a Church in Rastrick for 650 Years

  1. A Service of Celebration 22nd September 2013
  2. Notable Dates

App 44

 Appendix W. 

T. Jefferys’ Map  of Yorkshire, surveyed between 1767 and 1770

App 45

Appendix X

Wayside Crosses ‘Illustrated Rambles from Hipperholme to Tong’ by James Parker of Great Horton published 1904

App 48

Appendix Y

List of Churchwardens (in preparation)

App 49

Appendix Z

The Hull Domesday Project - Waste

App 50

Appendix α

The 2003 Covenant between the Church of England and the Methodist Church 

App 51


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