Before work took place on the River Dee in the 1700’s to improve navigation for bigger ships, the tidal waters of the river would flow as far as Backford and hence, as it was possible to cross the waters there, it became an important destination.
The township of Backford consists of 764 acres and most of the arable land is used for grazing . At the 2011 Census it had a population of 117 however the development which took place in the grounds of Backford Hall between 2014 and 2018 has added around 160 to this number.
Up until the 1920’s there were 10 working farms in Backford but following the steady rationalisation in the farming industry and the decline in dairy farming and cheese making in this part of the county there are now just four and, as mentioned, most of the land is used for grazing of cattle and sheep although there is some arable farming, predominantly maize. Those farms that are no longer working entities appear to have sold most of their land to other farming businesses and converted various outbuildings for residential use. The continuing interest in horseriding means there are a number of former farms offering stabling and livery as evidenced by the regular sight of riders on the lanes.