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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.


On the 9th July 2016 at the Dunmow Flitch Trials, Flitches of Bacon were won by:

  • Mr Ralph & Mrs Helen White of London, N1
  • Mr Christopher Atkinson & Mrs Meredith Atkinson-Wood of Stebbing, Essex
  • Mr Mohammed Mizan Sabur & Ms Emma Marcus of Churchend, Great Dunmow
  • Dr Geoff & Mrs Caroline Parkes of Diseworth, Derbyshire

A gammon was awarded to Mr Jonathan & Mrs Caroline Spooner of Great Dunmow, Essex.

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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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