Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts
[Fragment XXXV. Concerning houses of industry, continued], pp. 229-231
Let the back-yard be considered as a sort of punishment for misbehaviour and refractory conduct, where, shut up between four buildings, nothing can be seen to enliven the prospect: while, on the contrary, from the South Terrace, cheered by the Sun, the View of the Country will be delightful; since the immediate fore-ground consists of a Garden, and the perpetually varying and moving scene which is presented by the great road to Canterbury, and the Coast. 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, aid other manufactures. This might be considered as the reward of good conduct: the Children, supplied with spades, and hoes, and tools, proportioned 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 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 fruit 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.
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