A HISTORY OF SOMERSET
In the later 13th
century Chilton parish included Chilton, Huntstile, Idstock, and Pignes tithings, (fn. 16) and in the
18th and 19th centuries the same divisions were
retained for land tax collection. (fn. 17)
Idstock and Beere each had manor courts in
1557. (fn. 18) Idstock was said in 1715 never to have
paid towards the church and poor rates of
Chilton and to have maintained its own poor. (fn. 19)
Idstock and Beere maintained a poorhouse on
the northern boundary of Beere farm beside the
road to Coultings. (fn. 20)
In 1852 Chilton parish vestry appointed one
man as overseer of the poor and waywarden,
another as churchwarden, and a third as salaried
assistant overseer. There were two overseers in
1859 and the churchwarden was also waywarden. The assistant overseer administered both
poor and highway rates. (fn. 21) Chilton parish formed
part of Bridgwater poor-law union in 1836; all
its former parts were in Bridgwater rural district
from 1894 and Sedgemoor district from 1974. (fn. 22)
Feud. Aids, iv. 277-9, 281-2, 292-3.
||S.R.O., Q/REI 2/2A, 7/2C, 29/2B, 29/9A.
||B.L. Harl. 607, f. 18.
||S.R.O., DD/MVB 46.
||Ibid. Idstock tithe award.
||Ibid. D/P/chi. t 9/1/1.
||Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 421, 671, 673, 676.