The Garden Guide

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

Crayford Workhouse 4

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It may, perhaps, be objected to the design, that something more ornamental might have been proposed, perhaps adopting the Gothic style; but the answer is obvious,-the first consideration in a poor-house is economy. The prevailing taste for fragments of Gothic architecture is apt to display itself in the doors and windows of a dairy, for which there can be no plausible reason assigned; but, if the Gothic character be introduced in any small building, there is none more appropriate than the schools, either public or private, which, of late, have been erected, sometimes by the parishes, and sometimes by individuals, as ornamental appendages to their parks; under the latter circumstances, a more costly design may be recommended. Having made several for this purpose, one of them is annexed (see vignette p. 563), which has been proposed for a school, endowed and patronized by Mrs. Burton, at Longnor, near Shrewsbury.