The coat of arms with an angel and two crossed hammers illustrates how Břidličná and metalworking belong together. Archaeological finds showed that the metal in this region was exploited by the Celts.
The original name of the town is Frýdlant, which translates to ‘the land of peace and tranquillity’. The town, however, did not enjoy much tranquillity. Sovinec Castle
, which was a part of the town’s domain, was controlled by the Hussites. The local nobility, later on, supported the Hussite King George of Poděbrady. Because of this, the armies of Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus, who had the town, punished them and its surroundings plundered.
What Corvinus did not destroy was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War. On the other hand, the war contributed to a huge development of local ironworks production, such good-quality arms. In fact, 500 muskets a week were delivered to the imperial army. The seizure of Sovinec and the surroundings by the Swedes caused a recession in the ironworks, as they were destroyed by the conquerors. The local congregation, mostly of the Lutheran faith, had to leave or convert to Catholicism.
During the industrial development in the 19th
century, the town became one of the centres of the textile industry in Northern Moravia.
Frýdlant became Břidličná after WW II.