The Black Swan, York

The Black Swan dates back to the 15th century, when it was a private house, with alterations and additions have been made in the following two centuries.

Prior to the present building, a medieval inn had stood on the site and its remains may be still be beneath the pub.It was built for William Bowes, a merchant and Sheriff of York in 1417, who also became Lord Mayor in 1428.

The Black Swan has a number of ghosts. A workman in a bowler hat who fidgets and tuts, giving the impression he is waiting for someone. He then gradually fades away, while he is being watched. The ghost would therefore have to date to after 1850, when bowler hats were introduced.

Another frequently seen ghost is a young woman in a long white dress, she stands at the bar in the back room gazing into the fireplace, but there is a discrepancy here as her hair has been said to be both long, flaxen and glowing slightly, and long, black and hiding her face.

There is also the rather disconcerting apparition is a pair of man’s legs, seen wandering round the staff quarters, and descending the main staircase.

October 24th 2020. 10pm-3am.
Ghost Walk and refreshments included.
Only 20 places available.
£30.00 PP

October 24th 2020 - deposit £15.00
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October 24th 2020 - pay in full - £30.00
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