Saturday 9 July 2016
only 276 days to go


The Dunmow Flitch Trials exist to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.

A reference to The Dunmow Flitch can even be found in The Wife of Bath's Tale within Chaucer's 14th century Canterbury Tales.

The Flitch Trials are held every 4 years in Great Dunmow, Essex, England. The town is located north-east of London, just off the A120 between the M11 at Stansted Airport and Colchester: view a map

We must ensure that this unique local tradition continues for hundreds more years. So if you haven't seen or heard of the Dunmow Flitch Trials before, take a browse through this website, then come and watch the trials.

Claim the Flitch in 2016 - Applications Now Open!

  • Are you a happily married couple?
  • Will you have been married for at least a year and a day on 9th July 2016?
  • Would you like to try your luck against the Bacon?

For more information email

Download the application form here (PDF)

Closing date for applications is 14th February 2016

Calling all Maidens & Bachelors!

  • Will you be aged between 18-25 on 9th July 2016?
  • Are you unmarried?
  • Are you resident in Dunmow or surrounding villages? (The old Parish of Gt Dunmow)
  • Would you like to be on the Jury for the 2016 Trials?

For more information email

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What's a Flitch of Bacon?
It's also known as a side of bacon, which is basically half a pig, cut lengthways.
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As a Patron of the Flitch Trials, you will be helping to secure the future of this unique and ancient tradition. Every four years, the cost and complexity of putting on the Flitch Trials increases. With your support we can increase the network of people interested in preserving the custom and developing the event to ensure the Flitch Trials continues to be a mainstay on the town's event calendar.
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