Many of the approximately 5,500 residents of Backwell, Somerset commute to work in either Bristol (a 11 minute journey) or London (2 hours, without changes). The villages of Backwell Common, Backwell Green, and Farleigh make up the town of Backwell.
Stancombe Quarry, built in 1952, is currently operated by Tarmac and produces limestone.
In the Domesday Book, Backwell is "Bacoile", which means "the well back on the hill". There is an Iron Age fort, Backwell Hillfort, outside the town. St. Andrew's church in Backwell dates to the 12th century, and is Grade I listed.
There is a sustainable movement in Backwell and varieties of wildlife can be found in the town at Buckland's Pool, built in the mid-1970's.
Backwell has a moderate climate and schools which regularly perform high in GCSE results and OFSTED evaluations.