Cured Bacon Crossword Clue

Cured bacon crossword clue. A two speed quick clues crossword puzzle question in Daily Telegraph Sydney on Friday, 7 July 2017. 6 letters.

The answer: FLITCH

The awarding of a flitch of bacon to married couples who can swear to not having regretted their marriage for a year and a day is an old tradition, the remnants of which still survive in some pockets in England. The tradition was maintained at Wychnoure until at least the eighteenth century but now remains only as a carving over the fireplace.

At Little Dunmow in Essex a similar ceremony also survived into the eighteenth century. The tradition can be traced back to at least the fourteenth century at both sites and the Dunmow flitch is referred to in Chaucer. The awarding of a flitch at both sites seems to have been an exceedingly rare event.

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