described as a free manor in the 13th century
and sent its own jury to the eyre in 1242-3. (fn. 54) In
the early 14th century the parish was divided
into five tithings: Broomfield, Blaxhold, Castle,
Heathcombe, and Oggshole. (fn. 55) By the 16th century it was often regarded as a single tithing (fn. 56)
but Heathcombe, and sometimes Oggshole, continued to be used as tithings for some purposes
and in the mid 17th century Heathcombe had
its own tithingman elected by rota. (fn. 57) Blaxhold
was regarded as a sub-tithing of Enmore tithing
in the 17th century and continued to form part
of Enmore tithing for tax purposes in the 18th
and 19th centuries. (fn. 58) The constable of the higher
division of Broomfield was recorded c. 1647. (fn. 59)
Court rolls survive for Broomfield manor for
1409, (fn. 60) 1507, 1515, (fn. 61) 1591-1602, and 1612-28. (fn. 62)
The court usually met twice a year, three times
in 1591, and a court dinner was mentioned in
1619. The tithingman and constable were sworn
in the court, and a hayward was appointed in
1627. The butts and the pound were regularly
presented as being in need of repair during the
early 17th century and use of the commons was
regulated. (fn. 63) Courts continued to be held until
1656 or later and a court dinner was kept on the
Tynte share of the manor in 1710. (fn. 64) There are
court records for Ivyton for 1447, 1483-4, 1500-
1, 1503, 1505, 1509, 1516-17, 1523, and 1572.
Courts met up to three times a year and dealt
almost entirely with tenures. (fn. 65) There are copies
of court rolls for Rooks Castle for various dates
between 1461 and 1662. (fn. 66) One court roll for 1603
survives for the Stawells' manor of Heathcombe,
and suit of court was owed twice a year until
1672 or later. (fn. 67) Court records for Oggshole
survive for 1540-1. (fn. 68)
Churchwardens were sworn at the annual visitation of the dean of Wells in the later 18th
century. (fn. 69) The overseers paid for clothing and
medical bills and in 1638 towards building one
man's house. (fn. 70) The former church house was
probably used as a poorhouse by 1664-5 when
it was said to be occupied by almspeople. (fn. 71)
Variously called almshouse, poor cottage, or
poorhouse, it was last mentioned in 1861. (fn. 72) It
stood on the western boundary of the churchyard and had been demolished by 1887. (fn. 73)
The parish formed part of Bridgwater poorlaw union in 1836, Bridgwater rural district in
1894, and Sedgemoor district in 1974. (fn. 74)
||Ibid. DD/S/WH 28; S.R.S. xi, p. 314.
S.R.S. iii. 162-3.
||Ibid. xx. 241.
||S.R.O., DD/S/WH 388; ibid. Q/S Pet. 1.
S.R.S. xxviii. 69-70; S.R.O., Q/REI 2/5.
||S.R.O., D/P/broo 13/1/1.
||Ibid. DD/SAS FA 75.
||Ibid. DD/AH 11/9-10.
||Ibid. DD/S/WH 209.
||Ibid. 132, 209, 252.
||Ibid. DD/L P23/15-16, 19; P35/5-6.
||Ibid. DD/S/WH 20.
||P.R.O., WARD 2/18/70/11; Highclere Castle, Carnarvon MSS., U/C 11.
||P.R.O., LR 3/123.
||S.R.O., D/D/Pd 25.
||Ibid. D/P/broo 13/2/1-3.
||Dwelly, Hearth Tax, i. 53.
||S.R.O., D/D/Rr, Broomfield; P.R.O., HO 107/1924;
ibid. RG 9/1622.
||S.R.O., tithe award; O.S. Map 6", Som. LX. NE.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 671, 673, 676.