Backwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Somerset.

Other places in the parish include: West Town, Mooreside, Farley, Downside, and Church Town.

Alternative names: Bachwell

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1598

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

Backwell

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BACKWELL, or Bachwell, a parish in Bedminster district, Somerset; 1 mile SE of Nailsea r. station, and 7 WSW of Bristol. It includes the hamlets of Church Town, Downside, Farley, Mooreside, and West-Town; and its Post town is Nailsea. Acres, 2,902. Real property, £6,223. Pop., 926. Houses, 183. The property is subdivided. Coal is extensively mined; and building-stone is quarried. The living is a vicarage, and a sinecure rectory, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value of the vicarage, £144; of the rectory, £253. Patron of the vicarage, Mrs. Uniacke; of the rectory, the Marquis of Bath. The church is good, and has a very fine tower; and there are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £46.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Downside

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Downside, a hamlet, in the parish of Backwell, union of Bedminster, hundred of Hartcliffe with Bedminster, E. division of Somerset; containing 178 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Farley

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Farley, a hamlet, in the parish of Backwell, union of Bedminster, hundred of Hartcliffe with Bedminster, E. division of Somerset; containing 437 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Parish Records

Portbury Hundred Church Records

Somerset Archives & Family History Groups

Bath Archives

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Weston-super-Mare & District FHS

Somerset Online Parish Clerk Project

Newspaper Archives

Bath Chronicle Newspaper 1770-1800

Forums

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Roy Parkhouse’s indexed parish register transcriptions

Somerset Pages Parish Register Transcripts

West Somerset Parish Register Transcriptions

West Country Genealogy

Prisoners for Trial at Assizes 1810-1905

Prisoners in Ilchester Gaol 1821-44

Somerset Quarter Sessions

Somerset Quarter Sessions 1625-1639

Visitations of Somerset 1531 & 1573

Visitation of Somerset 1623

Somerset Trade Directory 1874

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History of Taunton

Somerset Historical Essays

Old Somerset Maps

Somerset Muster Roll 1569

Somerset Roll of Honour

Lost Pubs of Somerset

West Country Clockmakers

Bath in Time

Somerset Surnames 1881

Somerset Workhouse Admissions and Discharges

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.1

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.2

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.3

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.4

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.5

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.6

Somerset Medieval Wills 1501-1530

Taunton Wills 1537-1799

Maps

Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time

Administration

  • County: Somerset
  • Civil Registration District: Bedminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Bath and Wells (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Bath and Wells
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Redcliffe and Bedminster, Post-1846 – Chew
  • Poor Law Union: Bedminster
  • Hundred: Hartcliffe with Bedminster
  • Province: Canterbury

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