The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Concerning houses of industry

Crayford Workhouse 2

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In addition to the usual employments of the paupers in the work-rooms, it were to be wished that more wholesome and useful labour might be taught to the children, than spinning, and other manufactures. This might be considered as. the reward of good conduct: the children, supplied with spades, and hoes, and tools, proportionate to their strength, should be taught and exercised in the cultivation of the garden, and, perhaps, drilled to become the future defenders of their country. The sketch [fig. 251] will, in some degree, explain the effect of this scene, as viewed from the high road. We may suppose the warm benches, along the front of the building, occupied by the aged and infirm, who may there enjoy their few remaining days of sunshine, without being totally shut out and lost to the world. On the warm tiles of the central building, some vines may be trained; and the produce of these, and every part of the garden, such as fruits and flowers, may be exposed to sale on the public road, and the profits of these commodities might be the reward of extraordinary industry, or good behaviour.