WHO or WHAT is Death in a Chocolate Box?

Inspired by true crime stories from the Victorian era and through the lives of ordinary people whose tales are woven into the rich fabric of an ancient city’s social history – Death in a Chocolate Box offers walking tours through the streets of York.

Meticulously researched and innovative – our tours are designed to offer an informative and unique walk with an experienced storyteller.

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.

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As the Summer Solstice Beckons?

‘River is time in water,

As it came,

So still it flows,

Yet never is the same.’

~ Barten Holyday

As the Summer Solstice beckons – Death in a Chocolate Box presents a new walking tour – A Ramble By The River.

Through the stone arches of old bridges, well-worn steps and along the cobbles of a riverside path steeped in history AND heartache?

Why not come along and listen to the Lady Brigante one summer evening as she shares with you the tales of those ordinary folk including the tale of the disgraced bigamist, a young rivet heater, one desperate young mother and the tragedy of a quarrelsome soldier.

And ALL lost to history – until now!

Walk with us awhile every WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY throughout July and August from 7pm.

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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


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?

To the Church of St Andrew York

A Mourning Walk?

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


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’ most infamous ghosts along the walk.

Ticket cost from £55 per person.

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from the desk of the lady brigante…

Guest Post: Creepy Cat

Katherine Kerestman was visiting England to research her second macabre travel book. She had not known that she was fated to meet a new friend – THE Lady Brigante.

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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.

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Ordinary People. Extraordinary Deaths.

We’re All Stories, in the End’

Steven Moffatt

On a typical Autumnal afternoon – a young woman carrying a tiny infant made her way on foot to a popular crossing separated only by a dual rail track.

Having opened the gate to walk across the path, she paused as a luggage train went past but less than two minutes later, she and the baby were hit by a passenger train – an accident which would have far reaching consequences.

Mary in Shadow

Mary Bell

One early July morning a young father along with his brother-in-law and nephew went for a spot of fishing on the outskirts of York.

Shortly before midday, a huge storm erupted and they ran for cover under a large bush far from the riverside. However, no sooner had they escaped from the torrential down pour – there was a huge flash of lightening and a crash of thunder…

A Fisherman in Shadow

Thomas William Casper

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Peculiar to the City of York!


On offer and measuring just under 3 cm is a miniature glass bottle of our unique ‘Yorky Grit’.

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.

And for those in search of a quirky and unusual souvenir from this ancient city of warring armies, restless ghosts, religious persecution, delicious chocolate, and infamous outlaws – our ‘Yorky Grit’ is a quintessential memento!


Whatever your plans for this miniature – this unique bottle of ‘Yorky Grit’ will find its way to you nestled in a bed of shredded tissue paper and lovingly packaged inside an attractive natural kraft paper pillow pouch and beautifully finished with ribbon.


Inside, you will discover a miniature token of provenance with our unique stamp of approval along with a peculiar ‘Yorky Grit’ keepsake card.

And we can include one of our delightful gift cards for you too!


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This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.