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Dunmow Flitch
Meat and Meat Dishes
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.


19th Century (?) Dunmow Trials
Image: Unknown


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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