The two manors of
Aisholt and Holcombe Colford answered separately at Cannington hundred court in 1473-4 but
in 1521 the tithingman answered for both
together. (fn. 5) In the 18th century Aisholt tithing lay
in three separate parishes. (fn. 6) Courts were held at
Postridge in 1362 (fn. 7) and court rolls survive for
East Postridge manor for 1423-4, 1426-7, and
probably for 1461, (fn. 8) but Postridge was administered with Spaxton by the 1680s. (fn. 9) Aisholt manor
was administered with Aley by the end of the
16th century and court rolls for Aley and Aisholt
survive for 1579, 1588, 1592, and 1599-1604. (fn. 10)
The tithingman, two wardens, and two overseers were appointed in rotation by the later 16th
century. (fn. 11) The overseers provided relief in cash
and kind in the early 18th century and supervised the apprenticeship of pauper children, (fn. 12)
but there was no record of a poorhouse before
the 1830s, (fn. 13) and there was no vestry in 1840. (fn. 14)
The poorhouse, unoccupied in 1842, (fn. 15) was later
divided into cottages, but by 1986 was a single
dwelling known as Shepherds Cottage.
The parish formed part of the Bridgwater
poor-law union in 1836 and the Bridgwater rural
district in 1894. (fn. 16)
||Ibid. DD/BR/bn 10; W. Suss. R.O., PHA 5370.
||S.R.O., Q/REl 7/1.
||P.R.O., E 326/6062.
||Ibid. SC 2/200/27-9.
||S.R.O., DD/WG, box 8, survey c. 1682.
||Ibid. 16/8-9, 11-12, 16-17.
||Ibid. D/P/aish 2/1/2, 13/2/1.
||Ibid. D/D/Rr Aisholt.
||Ibid. D/D/Va 1840.
||Ibid. tithe award.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 671, 673.