Bring Home The Bacon at The Dunmow Flitch Trials

Married couples who can prove their undying love for each other can take home half a pig in a tradition that dates back to at least the 12th century. According to the rules of the “Flitch Trial”, couples must swear before a court that they have not regretted their marriage for a year and a day. If the jury is convinced, the winning couple is awarded a “flitch” of bacon (a cured half-pig). Such trials were once held across England, but now Great Dunmow in Essex is the only place where the tradition is still respected.

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