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Backwell, Somerset

Historical Description

Backwell, a parish in Somerset, 1 mile SE of Nailsea station on the G.W.R., and 7 WSW of Bristol. It includes the hamlets of Church-Town, Downside, Parley, Mooreside, and West-Town. It has a post and money order office at West-Town; telegraph office, Flax Bourton; railway station, Nailsea. Acreage, 2929; population of the civil parish, 956; of the ecclesiastical, 833. The living is a rectory and vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £298 with residence. Patron, the Marquis of Bath. The church is good, and has a very fine tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel. A fair is held on 21st September.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBackwell St. Andrew 
HundredHartcliffe with Bedminster 
Poor Law unionBedminster 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS48
Post TownBristol