was recorded in 1180 and the parish remained a
single tithing into the 19th century. (fn. 75) Court rolls
survive for the main manor for 1540, 1541, and
1546. The court appointed a hayward in 1541
and was concerned with repairs and cases of debt
and trespass. (fn. 76) Tenants owed suit of court in
1651. (fn. 77) Tenants of Otterhampton Rumsey owed
suit to its manor court in 1671. (fn. 78) There was a
pound in front of the church until the 19th
century. (fn. 79)
The overseers gave relief in cash and kind in
the early 19th century, paid for fostering and
schooling pauper children, and also for cleaning
the schoolroom. A poorhouse, repaired by the
overseers between 1814 and 1836, (fn. 80) stood north
of the church and was last recorded under that
name in 1861 when it was occupied by three
labourers. (fn. 81) In 1989 it was a private house called
Otterhampton became part of Bridgwater
poor-law union in 1836, Bridgwater rural district in 1894, and Sedgemoor district in 1974. (fn. 82)
Pipe R. 1180 (P.R.S. xxix), 111; S.R.O., Q/RE1 7/5.
||P.R.O., LR 3/123.
||S.R.O., DD/ARN 5.
||Ibid. DD/SX 52/4.
||Ibid. D/P/otn 4/1/1.
||Ibid. tithe award; P.R.O., RG 9/1621.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 671, 673, 676.