Saint Henry Church
|• Mayor||Dagmar Valášková|
|• Total||84.72 km2 (32.71 sq mi)|
|Elevation||500 m (1,600 ft)|
|• Density||6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)|
|Postal code||739 15|
Staré Hamry (German: Althammer, Polish: Stare Hamry) is a village in Frýdek-Místek District, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic. It has a population of 557 (2006). It is situated in the Moravian-Silesian Beskids mountain range, on the Ostravice River and the Šance Dam, forest covers 86% of village's area. Eastern part of the village lies in the historical region of Těšín Silesia.
The village church has a monument on the outside of the cemetery wall commemorating the social poem Maryčka Magdónova, by Petr Bezruč. The rectory of the church was damaged in a fire in early September 2009.
In 1636 an steel mill was opened here, locally known as hamry, hence the name of the village (whereas staré means old). Initially the village was located only on the right bank of the Ostravice, within Silesia, politically as a part of the Friedek state country that was split from the Duchy of Teschen in 1573, which was a part of the Kingdom of Bohemia, since 1526 a part of the Habsburg Monarchy. After World War I and fall of Austria-Hungary it became a part of Czechoslovakia. In March 1939 it became a part of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. After World War II it was restored to Czechoslovakia.
In 1951 the northern part of the village was split from Staré Hamry and joined with Ostravice municipality, whereas southern part of Ostravice was split from it and joined with Staré Hamry, and so both municipalities now lie on both banks of the Ostravice river, as opposed to the previous situation when they were lying concurrently on the opposite banks of the river.
- Spyra, Janusz (2012). Śląsk Cieszyński w okresie 1653-1848. Cieszyn: Starostwo Powiatowe w Cieszynie. p. 178. ISBN 978-83-935147-1-7.
- Mrózek, Robert (1984). Nazwy miejscowe dawnego Śląska Cieszyńskiego [Local names of former Cieszyn Silesia] (in Polish). Katowice: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach. p. 164. ISSN 0208-6336.
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