The odd sound gradually becomes clearer until Harry recognises it as that of a trumpet blast.
From out of the cellar wall rides a horseman, followed by two Roman legionnaires and then another two. The procession of dirty, weary Romans terrify Harry so much that he falls off his ladder. Scrambling to hide in a corner he watches as they march past him, their legs, from the knees down, hidden below the ground.
Apparently oblivious of Harry they continue along a line and disappeared through the opposite cellar wall. Later excavations unearthed, eighteen inches below the floor, an original Roman road.
Ridiculed for his tale, Harry stopped talking about his encounter - until in 1971, it was discovered that his description of the uniforms and insignia of the ghosts were those of the Ninth Legion.
Standing in the shadows of York Minster, The Treasurer’s House was built on a Roman site. The house has been rebuilt and altered many times over the years - but not enough it would seem to discourage its original occupants from their home.