Monday, June 20, 2016

Staying Happily Married for a Side of Bacon

Monday, June 20, 2016
Schweninger, Happy Family
Loretta reports:

One of my favorite tomes on my shelves is The Every-Day Book; or Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements etc., which the prolific William Hone published in 1826, and which was reprinted for many years thereafter.

In the entry for 20 June, he brings to our attention the custom of awarding a flitch (side) of bacon to a couple able to prove marital harmony a year and a day after the wedding.

The rather saccharine Victorian era image above left, a romantic imagining of a scene from the early 1800s, certainly is a strong contrast to Gillray's before and after matrimony images.

Dunmow Custom

Image: Carl Schweninger, Happy Family, via Wikipedia.

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Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Who knew?! Not everyone would have managed it, and some might have though bacon just wasn't enough.

Anonymous said...

I recently came across a 1952 British film called Made In Heaven (starring Petula Clark as the young wife!) about this weird custom, which seemed to be still going strong in 1952! The film is on Amazon Prime and is soooo very British.

Unknown said...

According to the book, the bacon had only been requested 6 or 7 times since the tradition's inception! I guess those financial and convenience weddings were more popular. On that note, I need to get to England and claim my bacon!

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