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SUCCESSFUL CLAIMANTS TO THE DUNMOW FLITCH

This list is incomplete at present: if you have any further information on dates or successful claimants, with photos if possible, please get in touch. Although there have been several emulations of the Dunmow Flitch Trials, we will only publish the details of awards made by the town of Great Dunmow.

Date Name(s) From
27 Apr 1445 Richard Wright Badbourge, Norwich
1468 Stephen Samuel Little Easton, Essex
8 Sep 1510 Thomas LeFuller Coggeshall, Essex
7 June 1701 William & Jane Parsley Much Easton, Essex
  John & Ann Reynolds Hatfield Brodeoke, Essex
31 May 1751 Thomas & Ann Shakeshaft Wethersfield, Essex
1773 John & Susan Gilder Tarling, Essex
16 July 1851 Christopher Alfred James Hurrell & Minnie Ella Hurrell Felsted, Essex
19 July 1855 James & Hannah Barlow Chipping Ongar, Essex
  Jean-Baptiste F E & Clara De Chatelain London
25 June 1857 Thomas Jeremiah & Sarah Heard Bentley, Staffs
16 Aug 1869 William & Emma Casson Victoria Park, London
  Josiah & Mary Leaver Clerkenwell, London
10 Aug 1874 Joseph & Hannah Clegg Roman Road, London
17 July 1876 James Henry & Mary Boosey Ventnor, Isle of Wight
23 July 1877 James & Hannah Barrick Great Dunmow, Essex
26 July 1880 Joseph & Sarah Thorne Bethnal Green, London
20 Jan 1886 Lord George R Baron & Elizabeth Augusta Northwick Northwick Park, Glos
4 Aug 1890 Mr & Mrs John Hoy * Tottenham, London
3 Aug 1891 Rev & Mrs W C Wallace Highampton, Devon
  William & Ellen Charlotte Bowen Hounslow, Middlesex
  Mr & Mrs William Robert White Wadhurst, Sussex
1 Aug 1892 Mr & Mrs Joseph Hird Bow, London
  Mr & Mrs Dennis Bridgman Forest Hill, London
8 Aug 1893 Mr & Mrs Francis Webb Wednesbury, Staffs
  Mr & Mrs Philip Garner West Molesey, Surrey
10 Aug 1894 Mr & Mrs Angelo Fahie Monkstown, Dublin
  Mr & Mrs Daniel Welch Essenden, Herts
5 Aug 1895 Sgt Major Daniel & Mrs Louise Baker Plumstead, Kent
  Mr G & Mrs Jessie Kinnear Johnson Market Harborough, Leics
  Mr & Mrs James Clough Surlingham, Norfolk
3 Aug 1896 Mr & Mrs Alfred Drury Queens College, Oxford
  Mr & Mrs Henry Johnson Lambeth, London
  Edward & Susannah Rooke Great Amwell, Herts
2 Aug 1897 Josiah & Mary Lambert Islington, London
  George & Eliza Taylor Little Leighs, Essex
1 Aug 1898 Frederick & Elizabeth Herbert Hounslow, Middlesex
  James Frost Sutton, Surrey
7 Aug 1899 Sgt Alexander & Mrs McCullock Norwich
6 Aug 1900 Mr & Mrs Evelyn John Evatt Newcastle
  James & Sarah Ann Munnings Pinner, Middlesex
5 Aug 1901 James Owers & Kate Devereaux Southwark, London
  Herbert Edgar & Amelia Elizabeth Clarke Stepney, London
4 Aug 1902 George H & Mary Edith Wallis Derby
  Alfred & Alice Brook Bromley, Kent
3 Aug 1903 Mr & Mrs J C Keeble Northampton
  Mr & Mrs W L Jackaman Felixstowe, Essex
1 Aug 1904 Mr & Mrs Christopher Holford Putney, London
  James & Margaret Quiggan Marylebone, London
19 July 1905 Rev. Owen Francis Samuel Partridge & Elizabeth Jenkins Mold, North Wales
  Frederick John Garbett & Eva Jane Noakes Ludlow, Shropshire
6 Aug 1906 Walter Stephen James & Gertrude Augusta Lloyd-Willey Bow, London
  Henry Lewis & Katherine Mary Morgan Bristol
5 Aug 1912 Lewis Frank & Harriet Newberry Butcher Brixton, London
  Harry & Annie Smith Crewton, Derby
4 Aug 1913 Littlejohn & Lily Rose Wood Upper Holloway, London
  William & Agnes Hewett York
4 Aug 1930 E W & Ivy Walker Great Dunmow, Essex
  Frederick William & Winifred D Goodey Great Easton, Essex
3 Aug 1931 Edward Herbert & Winifred Jessie Devoil Great Dunmow, Essex
  Alfred Henry & Dorothy Elsie Cox London
  Mr & Mrs G E Hodgetts Fulham, London
1 Aug 1932 Samuel Gilbert & Elizabeth Rose Nicholls Axminster, Devon
  Frederick William & Lucy Louisa Potter Poplar, London
  Mr & Mrs Andrew Sams Great Dunmow, Essex
7 Aug 1933 Mr & Mrs G E Bird Hammersmith, London
  Mr & Mrs E C Cox Peckham, London
  Mr & Mrs Edwin Mann Woking, Surrey
22 Apr 1935 Ernest John & Lucy Elizabeth Wells New Cross Gate, London
  Mr & Mrs R Evans Lower Clapton, London
  Mr & Mrs G W McCaig Brunswick Square, London
6 June 1938 Mr & Mrs C W Garner Islington, London
  Mr & Mrs J Bancroft Great Dunmow, Essex
  Mr & Mrs R Compton Stradishall, Suffolk
  Mr & Mrs H V Clark Great Dunmow, Essex
1 Oct 1949 Mr & Mrs T C Cocker Newbold, Cheshire
  Mr & Mrs G E Hunt Penn, Bucks
  Mr & Mrs W J Laws Great Dunmow, Essex
  L E & Gladys Shelly Wolverhampton
6 Aug 1951 Albert & Ethel Shakeshaft Goodmayes, Essex
  Mr & Mrs C J R Faulkner Great Easton, Essex
  Mr & Mrs D N Small  
25 June 1960 Mr & Mrs T A Southey Wallington, Surrey
  Mr & Mrs K Denton Headington, Oxford
  Mr & Mrs Charles Williams Barnston, Essex
29 June 1963 Alderman & Mrs Stanley Wilson Saffron Walden, Essex
  Mr & Mrs Masterton-Smith Roxborough Park, Harrow
  Mr & Mrs Vernon Horsnell Bradford, Yorkshire
22 June 1968 Mr & Mrs C H Short Newton, Cambs
  Mr & Mrs R C Stammers Great Dunmow, Essex
  Mr & Mrs P Lawrence Little Sampford, Essex
24 June 1972 NAMES NOT KNOWN  
2 July 1977 Dr Lewis & Mrs Cynthia Castleden Great Dunmow, Essex
  Mr Nigel & Mrs Ann Eastaway Takeley, Essex
  Mr & Mrs Frederick Pettitt Barnston, Essex
28 June 1980 NAMES NOT KNOWN  
1988 Russell & Marion Green Saffron Walden, Essex
  Mr & Mrs Ivor Slater Grantchester, Cambs
1992 Reginald William James & Madeleine Helen Beard  
  Brian John & Olive Margaret Crosby  
13 July 1996 Wayne de Lisle & Sandra Bayley Sussex
  Robert Purcey & Kathryn Ann Chambers  
  Alan & Sheila McGibney Chelmsford, Essex
8 July 2000 Michael Derek & Susan Corrinne Perry Great Dunmow, Essex
  Timothy Peter & Nicole Monique Sheehan Great Dunmow, Essex
  Alan Edward & Daphne Patricia Bradley South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
  Fred & Joan Shepherd Great Dunmow, Essex
10 July 2004 Ross & June Steele Great Dunmow, Essex
  Percy & Barbara Balhaam Copford Green, Essex
  David Ensor & Goranka Gudelj Barnston, Essex
12 July 2008 Michael & Janet Denny Rayleigh, Essex
  Jeff Dotts & Erin Albers Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  Graeme Fearon & Amanda Horner Ramsbury, Wilts
  Des & Claire Rayner Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex
14 July 2012 Steve & Pat Schorah Great Dunmow, Essex
  Dave & Sue Gilham Spain
  John & Helen Wright Great Dunmow, Essex
  Matthew Harrington & Julie Lovell Dulwich, London
9 July 2016 Ralph & Helen White London, N1
  Christopher Atkinson & Meredith Atkinson-Wood Stebbing, Essex
  Mohammed Mizan Sabur & Emma Marcus Churchend, Great Dunmow
  Dr Geoff & Caroline Parkes Diseworth, Derbyshire

* In 1890, the flitch was not awarded by the jury but was given by a visitor to stop these unsuccessful claimants complaining.

Awards have also been made by the people of Great Dunmow as follows:

July 1981 To Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer A gift of a Traditional Flitch
July 1986 To Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson A copy of the Flitch Oath

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Worthy Claimants?
You will note in days gone by, sometimes only the names of the husbands are recorded as being worthy of the Flitch. It has been suggested that this was because the bacon was a reward for the patience of enduring husbands. The committee shall refrain from comment on this matter!