Between the 14th
and 16th centuries Cannington was divided between the four tithings of Cannington, Chilton,
Combwich, and Rodway. (fn. 36) Blackmoor, however,
was said to be in Adscombe tithing in 1389. (fn. 37)
Orchard tithing, recorded in 1455, (fn. 38) may have
been an alternative name for Chilton tithing,
which was known as Orchard and Chilton in
1641 and separated into two tithings by 1665. (fn. 39)
By the mid 18th century Rodway was divided
between Home and Quarter, the latter consisting
of the marshes. (fn. 40) The Rodway tithingman was
elected in Rodway manor court in the 16th
century. (fn. 41) In 1675 neither the tithingman nor
the constable of Cannington lived in the parish
and their duties were done by the churchwardens. (fn. 42)
Courts leet for Rodway manor were held twice
a year in 1485 and court rolls survive for Rodway
for 1532-3. (fn. 43) The court was then concerned with
maintaining buildings, ditches, hedges, and
gates, controlling livestock, and appointing the
reeve. Lord Clifford held courts in the early 19th
century for Cannington and Rodway. His tenants were given a treat at the Anchor and he paid
a bailiff and a woodward. (fn. 44) Blackmoor manor
court records survive for 1556-7 and 1611: the
court was concerned with repairs, livestock, and
illegal felling. (fn. 45) Tenants of Chilton owed suit of
court in 1338 (fn. 46) and a court roll survives for 1817
when a bailiff was appointed. (fn. 47)
Poor relief was provided in cash and kind at
the beginning of the 18th century but by the end
it was almost entirely in cash. (fn. 48) In 1731 the
parish proposed setting up a workhouse; (fn. 49) the
vestry again considered building a poorhouse in
1816, when a surgeon was employed to inoculate
poor children. (fn. 50) A select vestry was appointed
from 1821 to 1835. (fn. 51) In the early 20th century
Cannington House was let to the Bridgwater
guardians to house children. (fn. 52) By 1866 Cannington had a burial board and was later part of the
Cannington and Wembdon drainage district. (fn. 53)
Cannington formed part of Bridgwater poor-law
union in 1836, Bridgwater rural district in 1894,
and Sedgemoor district in 1974. (fn. 54)
S.R.S. iii. 140, 142, 144; xx. 246-7, 249.
||Ibid. xiv, pp. 200-1.
||J. C. Wedgwood, Hist. Parl., Biogs. 276, n. 6.
Som. Protestation Returns, ed. A. J. Howard and T.
L. Stoate, 193; Dwelly, Hearth Tax, i. 65-70.
||S.R.O., Q/REI 7/2, 2A-F.
||W. Suss. R.O., PHA, ct. roll.
||S.R.O., Q/SR 127/16.
||W. Suff. R.O. 449/E3/15. 53/2.5; W. Suss. R.O., PHA,
||Clifford MSS., estate accts.; ibid. IV/6/7/X 1A.
||S.R.O., DD/S/WH 210-11.
S.R.S. lvii, p. 30.
||S.R.O., D/P/bw. jo 8/4/1.
||Ibid. D/P/can 13/2/1-2, 4.
||Som. C. C., deeds 103A; Kelly's Dir. Som. (1931).
||S.R.O., D/P/can 23/2; D/RA D3A.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 671, 673, 676.