Image after Petr Exner's Vexilologický Lexikon prapory obcí Čr (2005)
- Nový Bydžov municipality, Hradec Králové okres, Hradec Králové region
- flag adopted 25 March 2005.
Flagdescription: two horizontal stripes white, red, proportioned 1:2;
in center of white a multicolored crown; on red a white lion rampant, crowned
and nailed yellow.
Coat of Arms: gules a lion rampant argent crowned. tongues and nailed
The town was the property of the Vartemberg family as early as in the
year 1325, in 1516 it passed into the hands of the Pernstein family and
since 1548 it was in the holding of the Wallensteins. In 1569 Nový Bydžov
was exempt by payment from servitude and became the royal dowry town. During
the years 1751-1784 it wasthe royal seat of the newly created Nový Bydžov
region which indcluded the Krkonoše Mountains from Vrchlabí through Jilemnice,
Nová Paka, Jičín, Hořice, Nový Bydžov, Chlumec nad Cidlinou and Poděbrady
as far as Sadská. In 1784 the seat of the region was transferred to Jičín
due to its position, but the name of the region remained the same until
Nový Bydžov was then from 1850 until 1960 the district center. After
districts had been abolished it did not cease to be the natural center
of the region. In 1991 its population, including the suburbs, was 7.242
Historical an cultural monuments: Gothic church of St. Lawrence (early
14th century), old Jewish cemetery (founded in 1520), the third largest
in this country, Marian plague column at Masaryk Square (completed in 1716),
Baroque church of St. James at Metličany (1768-'75, neo-Gothic Town Hall
designed by J. Míča (1862-'65).
Municipal museum in the building of the Savings bank - a variety of
exhibits (prehistory of the Nový Bydžov region, guilds, arts and crafts,
the Bydžov Ark and paintings by Petr Brandl, folklore, prof. Nevyjel memorial
hall and the sculptures of the naive artist Václav Kudera-Křapík).
Some famous natives: Marek Bydžovský of Florentinum (1540-1612) - rector
of Prague University, mathemtician, astronomer and historian; Alois Gallat
(1827-1901) - author of humoristic books and a journalist; Josef Němec
(1805-'79) - husband of the writer Božena Němcová; Josef Eduard Proche
(1822-1908) - outstanding horticulturist; Karel B. Mádl (1859 - 1932) -
art historian and critic; Jan Malát (1843-1915) - music composer and a
teacher - born in Starý Bydžov, not far from Bydžov itself.
Source: municipal homepage.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Jun 2008