Enmore parish was
divided between the tithings of Enmore and
Lexworthy by the 14th century. (fn. 28) Blaxhold tithing in Broomfield parish was declared a
sub-tithing of Enmore in 1648, but by 1767 all
three were united in a single tithing of Enmore,
Blaxhold, and Lexworthy for the land tax. (fn. 29)
Baldwin Malet had assize of bread and ale in
Enmore manor in 1275 (fn. 30) and suit of court was
required of tenants until the early 18th century. (fn. 31)
Court records survive for 1735-9, mainly presentments and appointments of tithingmen for
Enmore, Lexworthy, and Blaxhold. A hayward
was appointed in 1736. A pound was recorded
in 1696 and stocks in 1739. (fn. 32) The pound lay near
the turnpike road where Pound Cottage had
been built by 1833. (fn. 33) Records of Lexworthy
manor court survive for 1564 and 1611. (fn. 34)
In the 17th and 18th centuries tithingmen and
churchwardens were appointed in an established
rotation, and tithingmen in the 18th century
were presented and sworn at Enmore manor
court. (fn. 35) In 1782 the vestry administered the
income from parish land for the benefit of the
poor and other objects. In 1794 it was agreed to
pay to house the poor and in 1801 the vestry
bought grain for sale to the poor at reduced prices. (fn. 36)
The church house may have been used as a
poorhouse but in 1657 the parish was given the
lease of half another house. (fn. 37) A poorhouse, also
called the parish house and the almshouse, was
recorded in 1755 and was maintained by the churchwardens until 1826 or later. The overseers seem to
have been running it by 1836. (fn. 38) The house, at the
east end of the village street, was owned by them
in 1837 and was sold c. 1844. (fn. 39) In 1987 it was a
private dwelling known as Park Gate.
The parish was part of the Bridgwater poorlaw union from 1836, Bridgwater rural district
from 1894, and Sedgemoor district from 1974. (fn. 40)
S.R.S. iii. 163-4.
||Ibid. xxviii. 69-70; S.R.O., D/P/broo 13/1/1; ibid.
Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), ii. 126.
||S.R.O., DD/PC 1.
||Wilts. R.O. 473/53; S.R.O., DD/DP 24/5.
||S.R.O., DD/HWD 19.
||Ibid. DD/S/WH 210-11.
||Ibid. DD/DP 24/5; Wilts. R.O. 473/53.
||S.R.O., D/P/enm 13/2/1.
||Ibid. DD/S/WH 189.
||Ibid. D/P/enm 4/1/1, 13/2/1, 13/2/3.
||Ibid. tithe award; ibid. D/P/enm 13/2/3.
||Youngs, Local Admin Units, i. 671, 673, 676.