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Dunmow Flitch

Meats
Essex

The Dunmow Flitch is not a dish, but a side (flitch) of bacon awarded on Whit-Monday every four years, after a light-hearted 'trial' and great ceremony, to a married couple who can swear that they have neither quarrelled nor repented their marriage for one year and one day.

It is mentioned in Chaucer's 14th century Canterbury Tales by the many-husbanded Wife of Bath;

I sette hem so a-werke, by my fey,
That many a nyght they songen "weilawey!"
The bacon was nat fet for hem, I trowe,
That som men han in Essex at Dunmowe.




Picture courtesy of The Dunmow Flitch Trials Committee




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