At Westminster in a month of Easter and afterwards in the quinzaine of St. Hillary in the 39th year of the King, between Walter de Rodeneye, knight, querent; and William de Bykenore and Beatrice his wife, deforciants; for seven messuages, four furlongs and two acres and a half virgate of land and an acre of meadow in Backwell and Claverham and for the fifth part of the moiety of the manor of Backwell and a fifth part of the advowson of the free chapel of Claverham and a fifth part of the moiety of the advowson of the church of Backwell, which John Conlegh and Katrina his wife held for the life of Katrina. William and Beatrice acknowledge the said tenements and fifth parts to be right of Walter and granted for themselves and the heirs of Beatrice which after the decease of Katerina to William and Beatrice and the heirs of Beatrice ought to revert shall remain to Walter and his heirs; for this Walter gave them one hundred mares of silver.


1446 Fines: At Westminster in the quinzaine of Easter and afterwards in the octave of Trinity between Henry Perret querent; and Thomas Whityngton and Alice his wife deforciants for five messuages, two hundred acres of land, one hundred acres of pasture, one hundred acres of meadow, ten acres of wood and two shillings rent in Bakwell. Thomas and Alice acknowledge the right of Henry; for this Henry granted the same to Thomas and Alice to hold to them without impeachment of waste for their lives and after their decease to remain to Robert Whityngton son of the said Thomas for his life, and after the decease of Robert to remain to John Whityngton son of the said Thomas and Alice and his heirs.



May 1: Institution of Roger Whynger, priest as rector of the church of Backwell, vacant by the death of Sir Thomas Ferrour, on the presentation of Sir Walter Rodeney, knight.



December 5: Institution of Sir William Brytte, chaplain, as rector of the church of Backwell, vacant by the death of Sir Roger Whynger, on the presentation of Walter Rodenay, knight.


1607 Illchester Sessions.An order confirming the ancient custom or usage of the inhabitants of Backwell to elect and nominate a high constable within the said parish of Backwell, that now or late the Stewart of the hundred of Redcliffe hath endeavoured to abridge them of that prerogative and by innovation hath taken the election of that officer from them, and chosen a constable in another parish.


1608 A letter dated Bristol September 17 from Sir George Snygge; to the right worshipful my very loving friends his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace at the next Quarter Sessions holden for the county of Somerset, stating that he was of the opinion that the inhabitants of Backwell had not the right of choosing a constable for the hundred of Bedminster cum Hartcliffe but that it hath been sometimes exercised by men of other places within that hundred. This matter is referred to be tried by the course of the Common Law and the constable now sworn to do his Majesty’s service until by law he be removed.


1626 An order made by Edward Tynte and Rice Davies Esquires 17 July 1626 concerning two children born in the parish of Backwell.


1627 Certificate from the Collectors of the poor for Backwell that the bond required by Thomas Tanner has been given.


1631 Whereas by examination taken before Sir Francis Popham, Knight and Francis Baber, Esquire. It doth appeare that Roger Hilsey, borne at Backwell, was by the parishoners of Backwell for the sume of £4 given with him att his age of three or fower years placed as an apprentice or otherwise putt into Richard Lukins of Bedminster in the said County about fower years to learn the trade of a carpenter; and that the said Lukyns had lived att Bedminster aforesaid by the space of twenty years before. That about Our Lady day last the said Richard Lukins was hired and employed by William Claxton, Esquire. To come unto Compton Dando to do some carpenters work there for the said William Caxton and brought with him from Bedminster aforesaid his wife and the said Roger Hilsey and lived in a lodge of the said Mr Claxton’s farr remote from the rest of the parishe. The said Roger Hilsey seldome comes to church, the said parishoners of Compton Dundon could not take any notice of his being a parishioner. At about Candlemas last the said Lukins dying at Compton Dundon aforesaid the said Roger Hilsy returned and went back to Backwell aforesaid where he was born. A warrant under the hands of some of his Majestey’s justices of the peace, sent unto Bedminster aforesaid and from thence by an other warrant unto Compton Dundon aforesaid, to be kept by the same parish. Roger Hilsey was not known to be a parishioner at Compton Dando until the death of the said Richard Lukins, and the said Richard Hilsey was not in lawe a parishonere there. It is ordered by the court that the said Roger Hilsey shall be sent to Backwell aforesaid there to remain and be provided for as the lawe in such case requires; and the churchwardens and overseers of the poore of Backwell aforesaid are to receive him accordingly.


1676 Ilchester Sessions.The Court desires Sir Hugh Smith KB and Bart; Sir John Churchill Knt; and Edward Gorges, Richard Morgan, Francis Vaughan and Hugh Tynt, Esquires, to examine into a dispute between the parishioners of Backwell and Mrs Eleanor Goodrick touching the refusal of the latter (on the grounds that she is over-rated to the poor and the others in the parish have no apprentice place on them) to maintain Hannah Pope, a poor child of the parish, who was placed as an apprentice on her or her tenant in Backwell, and was maintained by the said tenant until he died. The said justices are also desired to order payment to be mad of the costs of the parishioners in maintaining the child since the death of the tenant.


1824 Oct 25. Thomas Berry, was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of August last, some teazles, the property of Mr J Yates, of Backwell. The prosecutor deposed, that he was a dealer in hay, and that the prisoner lived also at Backwell; that a few days previous to the robbery, he met him in a public house in Bristol, the prisoner asked if he could sell him some teasles; to this he replied he could; and mentioned the price of his stock, about seven guineas. A short time after this, the prisoner went to a man of the name of Knight, and said he should want his “dilly” (a small cart) for the purpose of conveying home some teazles which he said he had purchased of Mr J Yates.

The daughter of the prosecutor, said that when Berry came to the house, her father was away from home. He said that her father had sold the teazles to a clergyman, and a man was waiting, she showed him to an outhouse where they were, and prisoner with Knight, carried them off.

Berry in his defence, said he took the teazles, with the idea of selling them for the prosecutor.  Mr J Yates said that had the prisoner brought him the money, he would have overlooked the transaction.

No evidence being adduced proving that the prisoner took the teazles with intent to steal, he was acquitted.


1838 Jul 21. Death. July 12. At Westown, Backwell, Mrs Lewis.


1871 Sep 9. Samuel Reeves, beer-house keeper of Backwell, had his license renewed but he was cautioned.


1873 Apr 5. At a meeting of the sub-committee, under the Contagions Diseases (Animals) Act, Sir Arhur H Elton, Bart, in the chair, it was ordered that part of the loss sustained by Mr Hicks of Backwell, from pleuro-pneumonia, be now repaid to him.


1880 Nov 6. Samuel Cole of Backwell, pleaded guilty to being quarrelsome and disorderly and refusing to quit the George inn, Backwell on Saturday night. The defendant was fined 15s including costs. Cole was further charged with assaulting Thomas Johnson, at the same place. Fined £1-8s including costs, or a months hard labour.


1892 Apr 11. On Friday afternoon the rector (Prebendary Burbridge) distributed the prizes to the scholars who had attended regularly during the year. The names of eleven children who had not be absent once during the year are Martin Manning ( who had never been absent since he first came to school three years ago.) Evelyn Manning, Agnes Woodley, Louise Woodley, Rosina Griffin, Oliver Griffin, Leila Garland, Nora Garland, Arthur Blake, Andrew Kingdon and Edith Brian. In addition to their price each of them received a medal and a certificate. Altogether there were nearly 100 prizes. The visitors included Mrs Burbidge, the Misses Burbidge, Mr T A Smith, Mrs Alvis and Miss Hayward.


1894 Sep 15. Backwell Annual Festival.

The most interesting day in the Backwell calendar is undoubtedly the harvest home celebration and the annual flower show; and as the double event comes just at a time when the summer pressure of work is over, the village festival as it is not inappropriately called, is always observed as a general holiday in the neighbourhood. The harvest festival is one of the oldest in the district, having already existed for more than a quarter of a century; and from very small beginnings, when the customary tea was served in the village school-room, it has now become a widely known and very popular fixture. For the last twelve years the show of garden produce has been held jointly with the harvest home. Mr James Watts, the energetic secretary, was once more responsible for much of the success of the exhibition, and he was well backed up by a thoroughly zealous and hard working committee. The judges were: Fruit vegetables and flowers, Mr V Down and Mr Robert Brown; Handicraft, Mrs Alfred Robinson (BackwellHouse) and Mr Rossiter.

Flower Show Prize List.

Cottagers in the parish of Backwell.

Collection of vegetables: 1st A Bees; 2nd Wm Loosemore; 3rd G Rogers. Kidney potatoes, coloured. 1st J Sully; 2nd A Carter; 3rd J Smith. Ditto white: 1st A Carter; 2nd W Loosemore; 3rd A Bees. Potatoes round coloured: 1st A Carter; 2nd G Rogers; 3rd Wm Loosemore. Ditto white: 1st A Carter; 2nd J Smith. Cabbages: 1st A Bees; 2nd G Rogers. Savot: 1st G Rogers; 2nd A Bees; 3rd W Loosemore. Scarlett runners: 1st J Sully; 2nd A Carter; 3rd W Loosemore. Turnips: 1st J Sully; 2nd C Hayden; 3rd A Carter. Carrots: 1st A Carter; 2nd C Hayden; 3rd A Bees. Onions: 1st A Bees; 2nd G Rogers; 3rd W Loosemore. Cauliflowers: 1st A Bees; 2nd W Loosemore. Parsnips: 1st J Sully; 2nd A Bees; 3rd G Rogers.

Basket of wild flowers by school children: 1st Agnes Woodley; 2nd Florrie Carter; 3rd Gilbert Rogers.  

Open to all in the parish.

Greenhouse plants: 1st Edward Gibbons, gardener to Mr John Turner; 2nd J Febrey, gardener to the Rev Preb Burbidge. Collection of vegetables. 1st E Gibbons; 2nd J Febrey. Collection of fruit: 1st E Gibbons. Roses: 1st E Gibbons. Decorative dahlias: 1st E Gibbons; 2nd Miss Watts, 3rd J Febrey. Cactus dahlias, specimen blooms: 1st Miss Watts; 2nd E Gibbins. Asters: 1st Miss Watts; 2nd J Febrey. Gladioli: 1st Miss Watts;2nd T Smith, Backwell Hill. Cut flowers: 1st E Gibbons; 2nd J Febrey.    

Amateurs: Greenhouse plants: 1st Henry Baker. Collection of fruit: 1st James Watts.

Prizes for children at Backwell National School: Asters: 1st Edgar Sully; 2nd George Woodman; 3rd E Smith; 4th Reginald Alvis; 5th Louisa Woodley; 6th T Parsons; 7th A Pope; 8th Herbert Phillips; 9th J Hayden; 10th Amy Griffin.

Champion Class for Best Collection of Vegetables in the Show: Edward Gibbons.


1893 May 1. The quarterly meeting of the local branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society was held at Coombe house on Friday. Mrs Turner and Miss Hurbridge were present and the members spent a very pleasant afternoon.

On Friday afternoon Mrs Burbidge distributed the prizes for regular attendance to the school children, upwards of 80, who received books. Twelve-Martin Manning, Evelyn Manning, Elsie Woodley, Bessie Woodley, Winifred Kingdon, Francis Kingdon, Rosina Griffin, Oliver Griffin, Hilda Bees, Bertie Brean, Reginald Vowles and Philip Blake-were awarded certificates and medals. In addition to their other prizes, as they had not been absent once during the year.


1898 Dec 6. After suffering acutely for over a week Frank Gallop, who was injured through being thrown out of a cart and run over, died on Sunday evening. The deepest sympathy is felt with his relatives, as he was much liked. He was only nine years old.


1899 Feb 4. Very general and sincere regret is felt at the sad tidings received by Mr James Rositer of West Town, on Saturday night, at the death of his only son, Egbert, on December 26th, at New Umsall, Rhodosia, of blackwater fever. The news was totally unexpected, as he was coming home almost immediately. Mr Egbert Rossiter went to Matabeleland just as the last Matabele war broke out, and his letters home have given remarkably graphic descriptions of the war and of the country and its people.


1899 Sep 22. Backwell has had the services of Nurse Brazler, of the Church Army, for the past two years, and that her splendid work has been fully appreciated, was evidenced by the many presents of which she has this week been the recipient, subscribed for by nearly all the parishioners. They included a bag, suitably fitted up for a nurse’s work. Farewell meetings were held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.