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Lady Brigante Presents…

“The History of York is the History of England.”

King George VI

With the coming of dusk and 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.

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…

WEDNESDAY from 7pm ‘A Wander Along Walmgate’ at YO1 9TJ 

THURSDAY from 7pm ‘A Meander To Monkgate’ at YO1 8BH 

FRIDAY from 7pm ‘A Footslog To Fulford’ at YO10 4EX 

SUNDAY from 9am ‘A March On Micklegate’ at YO24 1AJ


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Ordinary People. Extraordinary Deaths.

What can POSSIBLY be told about a life of ONLY 5 weeks?

The death of little Sarah Ann Casper on Christmas Day in the year 1884 would shine a harsh and uncompromising light into the darkest crevices of York’s society as the pitiful story of this baby’s life unfolded…

A Wander Along Walmgate

A Baby in Shadow

Sarah Ann Casper

Shortly after midday on a balmy August day – the body of a woman and that of her youngest child were recovered from the River Ouse in York.

And a story began to unfold so tragic that it would touch the hearts of many including that of the coroner who implored the media to use their influence to promote a better understanding on the subject of suicide.

A Wander To Walmgate

Sarah in Shadow

Sarah Bell

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‘Twixt Night & Morn!

The Lady Brigante loves nothing more than shocking unsuspecting folk with the tale that she was abandoned at birth by gypsies and raised en famille with kindly mice in the crypt of an old church.

Alas! The truth is altogether more unremarkable.

For although blessed with an illustrious and extensive lineage – Lady B was in truth raised in genteel affluence in the shadow of the ceremonial stone gatehouse of Micklegate in the ancient City of York.

A dreamer from birth with a taste for history and the irresistible urge to create…