Sydesmen (more properly Synodsmen) are Church officers; anciently appointed to assist the church-wardens in making presentments of ecclesiastical offences at the bishop's synods or visitations. By the 90th canon, they are to be chosen yearly, in Easter week, by the parish priest and parishioners, if these can agree; otherwise they are to be appointed by the ordinary of the diocese. Of late years this office has; devolved on the church-wardens. The old English term for sydesmen was "sithcondmen," or "sithcundmen."

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