There is a court roll of
1547 (fn. 47) for the manor of Miserden and profits of
court are recorded during the 13th and 14th
centuries. (fn. 48) View of frankpledge was claimed for
the manor in the early 17th century (fn. 49) but evidently
not exercised in the mid 16th when a tithingman for
Miserden owed suit at the view for the hundred. (fn. 50)
For Wishanger there are court papers for the period
1790-1823 and a court book for 1802-54. The court,
which met once a year, also claimed leet jurisdiction
in the late 18th and 19th centuries but its activities
were merely formal, electing a constable and a
tithingman, who was occasionally described as the
tithingman for Througham in Bisley. (fn. 51) Througham
was apparently considered a tithing of Wishanger at
that time but the origin of the connection has not
been discovered. (fn. 52)
The parish was served by two churchwardens
from the 16th century (fn. 53) but no early records are
known to have survived for them or for the overseers
of the poor. In 1776 Lydia Selwyn conveyed a
cottage near the Dillay to the churchwardens for the
use of the parish (fn. 54) and it was used as a poorhouse
until it was sold in 1840. (fn. 55) In 1803 £152 was spent
on 25 people in regular receipt of poor-relief; by
1813 the number on permanent relief had increased
to 31 to which were added 10 people receiving
occasional relief, bringing the total expenditure for
that year to £210. Two years later the expenditure
on poor-relief returned almost to the figure of
1803. (fn. 56) In 1836 Miserden became part of Stroud
poor-law union (fn. 57) and in 1970 belonged to Stroud
Inq. p.m. Glos. 1236-1300, 63, 150; 1302-58, 230.
||e.g. C.P. 25(2)/299/18 Jas. I Mich. no. 36.
||S.C. 2/175/11 rot. 2.
||Glos. R.O., D 1042, Wishanger ct. papers 1790-1823;
ct. bk. 1802-54.
||Cf. Inq. p.m. Glos. 1625-42, i. 2, where land at
Througham is held of Wishanger, and Glos. Colln.
RX 46. 2, which mentions a chief rent payable from
Througham Slad to Wishanger in 1891.
||Hockaday Abs. cclxxxvi.
||Glos. R.O., D 1405, Miserden feoffment deed.
||Ibid. D 2056/6.
Poor Law Abstract, 1804, 180-1; 1818, 144-5.
Poor Law Com. 2nd Rep. p. 523.