The flitch of Dunmow is a common sign in Essex, and is sometimes seen in other counties.
Here are butter and eggs, here is tea, here is sugar, and there is a flitch.
Put some at the bottom of a box, or chest, which is long enough to hold a flitch of bacon.
Even a flitch of bacon hung on a cord was riddled with their tiny teeth-marks.
Ay, said the steward, but they were not such as will butter any cabbage to eat with this bacon; and so hung the flitch up again.
Camden informs us that he instituted the custom of the flitch of bacon of Dunmow.
Every man's house, ay, the poorest among them, should have in it a flitch of good bacon.
Of Flixton in Lancashire the authorities suggest, “perhaps a town of the flitch”.
The flitch gave out last night, and we had nothin' but corn pone, buttermilk and potatoes.
The fork timbers were let into the stern-post, and carried the transom, wrought out of a flitch of elm 31⁄2 in.
"side of bacon," Middle English flicche (early 13c.), from Old English flicce, related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke "piece of flesh." Not immediately connected to flesh (n.), but perhaps from the same PIE root. A flitch was presented every year at Dunmow, in Essex, to any married couple who could prove they had lived together without quarreling for a year and a day, a custom mentioned as far back as mid-14c.