Ryder House is within the Conservation Area, in the heart of historic Alston. It was built around 1850, and has had a number of uses over the years. The property laid empty for several years until May 2014, when we moved in and started a major refurbishment. The front of Ryder House underwent significant renovation during 2016 as part of the Alston Townscape Heritage Scheme, with some financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It included an overhaul of the roof, repointing the front elevation in lime mortar, replacing downpipes in cast iron, installing new stone sills, replacing all glazing on the ground floor, making good and redecorating all timber on the ground floor, and reinstating decorative finials and console brackets, as featured in the original construction in the 1850s. Last, but not least, our iconic teapot was cracked, so we had a replica made by Errington Reay Pottery at Bardon Mill, where the original one was made back in the late 70s/early 80s.