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…

Death in a Chocolate Box

Mr. Thomas Casper

“Walked early to look at my old house in Piccadilly – saw into the room where I have sat with him, and felt as if I had lived there with a friend who was long since dead to me.

No sense of past agony – all mournfully soft.”

The Ghost of Piccadilly

Lady B

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.

Death in a Chocolate Box

Miss. Mary Bell

​”It’s a nice enough house and big enough for this feline to get lost in as I have to protect my paws when Lord Byron’s bad-tempered hound is on the prowl.

BUT it is a rather chilly house as there is NO central heating AND sooty whiskers is NEVER a good look!”

The Ghost of Piccadilly

Murphy

Pregnant and suffering from severe sickness, a young mother along with her husband and toddler son are living in a quiet area of York and one chilly February evening – things took a turn for the worse.

As a post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Byrne had died as a result of a brain hemorrhage caused by some kind of mysterious ingested poison – an inquest into her death was opened.

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Mrs. Florence Byrne

“When Lady Caroline Lamb described Byron as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ it summed up his flamboyant reputation as one of the leading figures in the Romantic Movement. Today he might be described as a ‘Player’.

What would he have made of **** making his London home the subject of her attentions I wonder?”

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Chrissie B

The ONLY clear picture history accords Ms Smith is that of her death by poisoning one morning in May.

A scroll though our parish records and census returns have only added to the mystery of WHO Mary was, WHERE she came from and HOW she had managed to live independently well into her sixth decade!

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Ms. Mary Smith

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.

Death in a Chocolate Box

Mrs. Sarah Ball

If you ever want to know what life was like in the year 1815 – take a look around inside 13 Piccadilly Terrace and you’ll learn something about the poet Lord Byron too!

A masterpiece in miniature…

The Ghost of Piccadilly

The Professor

Having returned to British shores only the previous month – on a chilly January morning in 1889 a soldier with the 10th Hussars was found hanging from a pole in the stable block of the York Cavalry Barracks.

On the day following Private Dalby’s death the city coroner opened the inquest at the military hospital and as a succession of witnesses stepped forward to offer testimony – the tragic story unfolds…

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Private William Dalby