Dunster was only represented in parliament in conjunction with Minehead, one of its tithings being part of that borough.
This is the one grain of truth in the legend that Alfred was the inventor of shires, hundreds and tithings.
In some districts the men who were bound to be in frankpledge were grouped in associations of ten, twelve or more individuals called tithings.
South of the Thames the tithings were districts normally identical with the township which discharged the duties of the frankpledge.
If, as seems likely, the territorial tithing is older than the personal, each territorial hundred (q.v.) was probably divided into ten tithings.