The pageant and "living history" of the Trials is re-enacted every Leap Year.
Its origins are rooted in history but the intention was to reaffirm the Christian
values of marriage. Both William Langland and Chaucer mention the Dunmow Flitch with
no need for explanation, so even in the late 1300s it was a well-known part of
Since Harrison Ainsworth revived the Flitch Trials in 1855, we have continued to
celebrate happy marriages with not only a good deal of
amusement, but also due regard to the custom.