October 24, 2016
This Halloween we've teamed up with our Newburgh Street neighbours to throw the a ghoulish street party, culminating in the give away of Choccywoccydodaah's famous life-sized chocolate skulls (find out how to enter below). Visit the Newburgh Quarter on Thursday 27th October 4pm-7pm and you'll be greeted with pumpkins, glitter beards, ghoulish photography workshops, zombie shopkeepers and more.... Nothing could be more fitting than a Halloween street party in one of the oldest and most haunted places in London!
Above: An image of Newburgh Street
Fellow independent shop Choccywoccydodaah are an art and design focused chocolatier who are known for their elaborate, colourful and crazy chocolate cakes. We've always admired their hugely imaginative and deliciously extravagant confectionary. Which is why we've teamed up with Christine and her troupe of talented chocolatiers to give away one life-sized chocolate skull worth £79.99. Weighing almost 4kg, this skull is made from solid chocolate!
(Yasmin Everley's silver spider necklaces from the Entomology Collection can be spotted here across Choccywoccydodaah's solid chocolate life-sized skull cake).
To win the prize, visit us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and share an intriguing fact about SPIDERS by leaving a comment on our post containing the above photo of the spider adorned chocolate skull. Hurry, the competition ends 11.59pm 28th October 2016. We'll announce the winner on Friday 28th of October on social media, after which you'll be able to collect your prize in person from Choccywoccydodaah's shop in Soho, London. Just in time for your weekend Halloween celebrations!
Did you know that our shop in the Newburgh Quarter is built between two of Soho's most haunted sites?
The area between Marshal Street and Poland Street was home to a building called 'Pest-house', which played a large role in the quarantine of victims of the bubonic plague in 1665. The bodies were buried in the nearby cemetery between Poland Street and Marshall Street, many of the areas present-day shops have been built over these ancient burial grounds.
Just a stones throw from Newburgh Quarter lies Golden Square, which was the site of another large 17th century plague pit. Historic UK quotes Lord Macaulay, who wrote in 1685 "[it was] a field not to be passed without a shudder by any Londoner of that age. There, as in a place far from the haunts of men, had been dug, twenty years before, when the great plague was raging, a pit into which the dead carts had nightly shot corpses by scores. It was popularly believed that the earth was deeply tainted with infection, and could not be disturbed without imminent risk to human life."
(This map was constructed by Historic London who used sources such as Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography, Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, Basil Holmes' The London Burial Grounds: Notes on Their History From the Earliest Times to the Present Day.)
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