WHO or WHAT is Death in a Chocolate Box?

Death in a Chocolate Box offers true crime walks of Victorian York.

Innovative, meticulously researched and inspired by true crime stories from the Victorian era and through the tales of those ordinary people woven into the rich fabric of an ancient city’s social history – our tours are designed to offer an informative and unique walk with an experienced storyteller.

TO OUR BOX OFFICE?

PECULIAR TO YORK?

‘CHOSEN’
‘BOTTLED
‘CURATED’
‘BEFITTING’

You can also discover a selection of thoughtful gifts in our on-line store, including our unique ‘Yorky Grit’.

From an ancient city of warring armies, restless ghosts, religious persecution, delicious chocolate, and infamous outlaws – ‘Yorky Grit’ is THE quintessential memento from York!

AND there is some rather attractive and sustainable gift wrap available too!


Are YOU Ready to Tuck In?

WALK with us through the snickelways and secret passageways of York awhile or WANDER into the macabre and twilight world of the Lady Brigante.

SIGN UP for The Brigante Chronicles for ALL the exciting discoveries.

BROWSE the shelves of our emporium for the deliciously unusual or BECOME a fellow taphophile on our forum – Beneath Thy Feet.

WELCOME to Death in a Chocolate Box!


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The Ghosts of Micklegate?

‘The lawn is pressed by unseen feet,

And ghosts return

Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn.

The sad intangible, who grieve and yearn…

~ ‘T. S. Elliot

Death in a Chocolate Box presents The Ghosts Of Micklegate.

For those of a curious and hardy temperament – why not come along and listen to the Lady Brigante one Thursday evening as she shares with you the tales of those ordinary folk including the story of the flighty wife, the quiet couple, a mysterious visitor and one terrible discovery.

And ALL lost to history – until now!

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Death in a Chocolate Box Presents…


DEATH – noun.

The end of the life of a person.

CHOCOLATE BOX – adjective.

Pretty in a superficial way or a romanticized aesthetic.

With the coming of dusk…


And with the door of an atelier closed for the day – it is possible to catch a glimpse of a celebrated miniaturist and storyteller clad in her distinctive black feline boots wandering through the snickelways and secret passages of York in a quest to wake the dead.

To St Mary's Parish Church in Bishophill York with the Lady Brigante

ORDINARY FOLK. EXTRAORDINARY DEATHS.


And for those of a curious and hardy temperament – why not come along and listen to the Lady Brigante as she shares with you the tales of the illustrious, the miscreants, artists, misfits and those ordinary folk who have ALL been lost to history – until now!

However, for those of a sensitive nature who are averse to real stories of tears, heartache and tragedy – a meander through the fascinating streets of York with Lady B may NOT be to your taste.

Walk with us awhile?



Through Straker's Passage with the Lady Brigante

A Mourning Walk?


“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

Rumi

Would you like to enjoy a unique and private stroll far from the maddening crowds through the secret passages and old snickelways of the City of York including a wander along the riverside?

Why not take A Mourning Walk with the Lady Brigante one evening and learn of the long-forgotten dead?

And there will also be the opportunity to learn something of an ancient city’s most infamous ghosts along the walk.

Ticket cost from £55 per person.

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Musings from the desk


Join M’Lady for TeA?


If you would like to take a peek at the bundles of old documents, burial records, and hear the untold tales of nefarious deeds and suspicious deaths from the exclusive Brigante archives – why not cross the threshold to a twilight world inside a little slice of the web to which the Lady B has since laid claim?

Your generosity of spirit is noted and appreciated.


Death in a Chocolate Box stands with the People of Ukraine. Sláva Ukrayíni!

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Ordinary People. Extraordinary Deaths.

We’re All Stories, in the End’

Steven Moffatt

‘I am a soldier with the 10th Hussars and on a chilly January morning in 1889 – I was found hanging from a pole in the stable block of the York Cavalry Barracks.

On the day following my death the city coroner opened the inquest at our military hospital and as a succession of witnesses stepped forward to offer testimony – my tragic story would unfold.’

A Soldier in Shadow

Private William Dalby

‘I am a nursemaid and on a typical Autumnal afternoon in 1879 I made my way on foot while cradling my young charge to a popular crossing separated only by a dual rail track.

Having opened the gate to walk across the path, I paused as a luggage train went past but less than two minutes later, the baby and I were hit by a passenger train in an accident of far reaching consequences.’

Mary in Shadow

Mary Bell

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Peculiar to York!

PURVEYORS OF ‘YORKY GRIT’


From an Ancient City of Warring Armies, Restless Ghosts, Religious Persecution, Delicious Chocolate, and Infamous Outlaws – ‘Yorky Grit’ is THE Quintessential Memento from York!

From the shelves of the Death in a Chocolate Box emporium and designed by the Lady Brigante – this is an exclusive hand-made miniature from the City of York.

With a pinch of sand and locally sourced Yorkshire grit, and dressed in our exclusive recycled label – this little bottle will add a peculiar and perfect finishing touch to your cabinet of curiosities.

BROWSE. SHOP.


From our thoughtful decorative pins to our unique ‘Yorky Grit’. From our quirky bookmarks to those boxed gift vouchers…

#PoliteTourist #LadyBrigante #IndieYork


Death Becometh her?


genealogist. grave hunter.


“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

Michael Crichton

As a professional genealogist with an interest in tombstone symbolism – Tee Bylo, our company founder and researcher is a seeker of elusive ancestors and a wanderer of graveyards.

With access to the local repositories and archives in the City of York and throughout North Yorkshire – Tee loves working with those who wish to solve the mysteries, riddles and absurdities of their own family history.

And as an enthusiastic taphophile – Tee can also be found with notebook and camera in hand as she goes in seach of those final resting places of the long forgotten dead.