The parish formed
a single tithing by the 16th century but Bonson,
with land in Cannington, formed a separate
division for land tax purposes. (fn. 20) Tithingmen
were chosen in the 17th century according to a
rota of ten holdings. (fn. 21) Court records for Bonson
manor survive for 1540-1, 1552, and 1611, (fn. 22) and
rolls survive for Fiddington manor for 1647-8.
Courts continued to be held at Fiddington twice
a year until the mid 18th century or later. (fn. 23)
During the earlier 19th century watchmen
were appointed and constables were elected. (fn. 24)
The overseers gave relief in cash and in kind in
the later 17th century. In 1684 they repaired
what had probably been the church house for
which they paid rent to Fiddington manor in
1702 and in the 1740s. (fn. 25) In 1839 it was sold to
the rector Henry Rawlings and became the site
of the school. (fn. 26)
Fiddington became part of Bridgwater poorlaw union in 1836, Bridgwater rural district in
1894, and Sedgemoor district in 1974. (fn. 27)
||Ibid. xx. 244-5; S.R.O., Q/REl 7/4, 7/4A.
||Devon R.O. 48/13/3/5/27.
||P.R.O., LR 3/123; S.R.O., DD/S/WH 211.
||Devon. R.O. 48/13/4/4/1; 48/13/4/6/4.
S.R.S. xxviii. 360; S.R.O., D/P/fid 9/1/1.
||S.R.O., D/P/fid 4/1/1; Devon R.O. 48/13/4/4/3, 6, 8.
||S.R.O., D/P/fid 9/1/1; DD/BR/rd 3; below, educ.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 671, 673, 676.