His book, The Flitch of Bacon was a hit the year before, and in an effort to cash in on its success, he was instrumental in arranging for the Flitch Trial to be moved from Little Dunmow to Great Dunmow.
Today high hedgerows either side of the railway form a canopy full of wildlife.
The ceremony fell out of favour by the mid-18th century but was revived in 1855, thanks to a publicity stunt by novelist Harrison bondi icebergs gift vouchers Ainsworth (1805-82).As the river meanders towards the stone bridge, go straight ahead towards the yellow waymark.2, the church is all that remains of the old Augustinian priory of Little Dunmow and its main claim to fame is its association with the Flitch Trial.Follow the waymarks directly uphill until you reach the plantation of trees at the summit.5, turn left on to the concrete track, Grange Lane, and follow it back to Little Dunmow.The tiny village of Little Dunmow was the original home of an ancient ceremony known as the Dunmow Flitch Trial.At the T-junction turn left into The Street where you will see an old water pump on the left just before the Flitch of Bacon pub.These were kept well stocked to provide food, but there is no record of a Flitch fish trial.Passenger services stopped in 1952 and the line was eventually closed down in 1969.Here take the steps down on the right and turn left under the bridge.Turn did anyone win the powerball drawing left, keeping the trees on your right, and maintain direction uphill on the often very muddy field-edge path for 500yds (457m).
4, climb the wooden steps to rejoin the Flitch Way, turn left over the old railway bridge and descend 21 wooden steps to continue north along the footpath with the river on your left.
Continue to the pub for a well-earned rest.
A flitch, or side of bacon, was awarded to a married couple who could claim that they had lived in total peace and harmony for a year and a day.
Maintain direction until you pass two footbridges over the River Chelmer.
This house was one of several which belonged to the priory, beyond it is the site of the priory fishponds.1, park outside the Flitch of Bacon pub in The Street.Winning such a prize in those days was equivalent to winning today's national lottery and one enterprising couple made a tidy profit by carving off slices to sell to hungry sightseers!As you leave the church you pass Priory Place.3, turn right on to the Flitch Way and follow it for 1 mile (1.6km) until you reach the metal and brick bridge.
Keep to the main footpath as it bears right towards the A120, with the River Chelmer on your left.