Chilton Trinity: Local government

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A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6, andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and Neighbouring Parishes). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1992.

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In the later 13th century Chilton parish included Chilton, Huntstile, Idstock, and Pignes tithings, (fn. 1) and in the 18th and 19th centuries the same divisions were retained for land tax collection. (fn. 2)

Idstock and Beere each had manor courts in 1557. (fn. 3) 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. 4) Idstock and Beere maintained a poorhouse on the northern boundary of Beere farm beside the road to Coultings. (fn. 5)

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. 6) 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. 7)


  • 1. Feud. Aids, iv. 277-9, 281-2, 292-3.
  • 2. S.R.O., Q/REI 2/2A, 7/2C, 29/2B, 29/9A.
  • 3. B.L. Harl. 607, f. 18.
  • 4. S.R.O., DD/MVB 46.
  • 5. Ibid. Idstock tithe award.
  • 6. Ibid. D/P/chi. t 9/1/1.
  • 7. Youngs, Local Admin. Units, i. 421, 671, 673, 676.