during the early 19th Century. For countless generations the majority of Horler family groups were to be found in what is a very small region of North East Somerset
The Mining industry had been the mainstay of the family since the 1600's (earliest dates yet found) both coal and lead being extracted from the hills of North Somerset during the last millennium.
The records of this family are peppered with the word "Miner", so it is not surprising that when the Industrial Revolution created a need for more fossil fuels,
Horler men & women went to meet that demand.
marriage of Aaron Horler to Ann Treasure at Mynyddislwyn,Glamorgan,
in 1827 a Joseph Horler was born in Blaenavon ( Blaenafon), his parents not identified
& Lydia Horler raised their children in Beaufort (1840's) at the other end
of the valley, but
the Iron works was their place of employment. Later when their sons
William & Hannah nee Riddle had been living in Holcombe until, at some time prior to 1840, they took their children and moved to Trevethin, Pontypool.
John & Elizabeth Horlor were living in Blaenavon when their son Charles was born in 1852.
Emily Jane Horler aged 7 months was buried at St. Peter's, Blaenavon when she died in 1853, also Furnham Horler when he died aged 3 months in the same year.
George & Naamah Sarah Horler nee Hancock who were married in the Pontypool area in 1853, appear to have started their family in the village of Blaenavon in 1854.
ancestors had a good reason for their departure from Somerset,
The natural landscape still shows evidence of extensive coal mining & iron making during the past two hundred years, and was of such importance that a canal was navigated to carry the produce of the area to the docks at Newport on the coast of the Bristol channel, then to the factories of England & the rest of the world.
An every day existence must have very hard to sustain during the the 1850's,
Infant mortality attests to the struggle.
Many members of the family did endure the difficulties & are to be found still living in the region today, a glance at the local telephone book will show entries for the names Horler / Horlor.
today is still a small Welsh town, but
since November 2000 it has become unequalled in the United Kingdom being the only
site in the UK to have gained world wide recognition. It
is now accredited as a World Heritage Site: the Ironworks which played a major
role in the development of Steel has been scheduled as an ancient monument.
The Big Pit Mining Museum & part of The Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal are all included in the 48sq kilometre heritage site.
you able to visit this World Heritage Area, while you are walking around,
Visit St. Peter's Church, where several are now at rest.
The site was developed from a £5 million award given to the Torfaen Borough Council by the National Lottery.
I wish to thank Frances & Margaret Hobbs of Cardiff, Wales, for the information about the Bleanafon World Heritage Site.
Updated: June 2002
© TMeighan 2/6/07