Also in Goodramgate is the Old White Swan Inn. This is a rambling old pub that actually occupies what were originally four houses grouped around a courtyard, which accounts for the odd changes in floor and ceiling level from one room to the next. One of the downstairs rooms has an old fireplace, and this is the focus of the haunting. The ghosts manifest themselves only in the winter when a fire blazes in the fireplace. Then a group of four gentlemen in colourful waistcoats and riding breeches will materialise grouped around the flames as if warming themselves after a long ride through the chilly winter air. Everyone who has seen them reports that these are jovial ghosts indeed. Laughing and joking, the phantoms seem to be having a thoroughly good time.
This is an extract from Haunted York by Rupert Matthews