Notes from the 15 August 1831 edition of the Bridgwater Alfred
Extensive details of cases held at the Somerset Assizes are given, although which relate to Bridgwater itself is not made clear. Assizes were held in Bridgwater from time to time in a circuit, and would be held in what is now the Town Hall.
An Advert for the meeting of the Bridgwater Turnpike Trustees is given. The Turnpike Trustees were responsible for maintaining the toll roads, the major highways around the town, each of which had a tollhouse, most of which survive today.
Notice of the death of James Hurford, farmer of Dunwear, died 6 August 1831, aged 59 years old. It is not clear if this is the farmer of Dunwear farm itself, or one of the other nearby farms.
Notice of the death of Mr George Rich of Bridgwater, after a long illness, on 12 August 1831, aged 31 years. Not much on this man can be found at all.
Much space is given over to political editorials, as would be expected. Not many local advertisements are yet making it into the paper.