Sand. Grit. Dust...

Courage. Spirit. Nerve. Tenacity...

Peculiar to the City of York


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Sand. Grit. Dust…

Inspired by the local colloquialism of ‘Yorkshire Grit’ and named after the Pennine sandstone which for centuries has been used to grind corn – ‘Yorkshire Grit’ is also a state of mind, an elusive virtue which speaks of courage in the face of adversity and of the human spirit refusing to be ground down.

But WHY ‘Yorky Grit’?

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Fondly described as the ‘Cinderella’ of her family and while our Lady Brigante ekes out a living from her miniature creations while working hard as a company director to increase the profile AND profit margin for Death in a Chocolate Box – she is also a care giver for her infirm mother and a younger brother who struggles with dementia.

That she has an irascible spouse, two high-maintenance felines and a gaggle of hens who also demand her care and attention and a large house to run merely adds to the romanticism of this sorry tale.

However, earlier this year during one cold, grey UK lock-down afternoon, and with an income running on negative, no access to a research library; and with a painful wrist tendon having thwarted her All Hallows Eve plans for some model design and clay sculpture – our Lady B retreated to her lair.

And while poised before a blank computer screen her telephone rang and as she answered call after call of bad tidings – she opened an email from the IPO warning her of a potential threat to her beloved Death in a Chocolate Box brand.

And just like that – all of her precious creativity and those stories waiting to be shared, now vanished into the ether along with her exciting plans AND motivation.

Tether. End. Of. Reached? Absolutely!

Now, ever faithful to her Yorky nature, she was in need of a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit or two.

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As she waited with heavy heart for the kettle to boil, she remembered the tale of the soprano singer Lesley Garett from the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? in which Lesley talks candidly of her emotional struggle upon leaving home for the first time and of receiving a handful of Yorkshire grit by post from her mother by way of reply.

And having gone in search of a glass bottle from her collection of miniature curios and now with some local grit to hand – she bottled it and carried this miniature back upstairs to her desk.

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And there this little bottle of Yorky grit has stayed to this day – like a faithful friend, a witness to that difficult day and a powerful reminder that this too shall pass.

One brighter morning weeks later and while gazing a this little bottle of grit – our Lady B was suddenly smitten with the desire of sharing this miniature and all that it embodies with the rest of the world.

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And so, having invested some of her savings in a huge bag of locally sourced grit, logo design, a collection of tiny bottles, another website, some beautiful keepsake cards, personalised ribbon, an array of cute vintage labels, a special stamp or two, some gloriously colourful recycled shredded paper and a selection of attractive kraft pouches – ‘Yorky Grit’ was thus created!

From a day of despair to dare to dream…

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Courage. Nerve. Spirit. Tenacity…

‘I am proud that I was made in Yorkshire, and I am proud of the things we make in Yorkshire. Britain should be proud of that, too.’

Politician. Author.

Born in Batley, West Yorkshire.

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Jo Cox (1974-2016)

‘It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; they will make it if they cannot find it.’

Novelist. Poet.

Born in Thornton, West Yorkshire.

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Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

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‘Yorky Grit’

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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 virtual emporium and designed by the Lady Brigante – this is an exclusive hand-made miniature from the City of York.

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With a pinch of sand with 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!

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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.

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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.