He summed up the Guild's impetus as 'simply the purchase of land in healthy districts, and the employment of labourers on the land, under the carefullest supervision, and with every means of mental instruction' (Works
, 30, p. 17). 'That', he insisted, 'is the only way of permanently bettering the material condition of the poor'. The Guild continues to exist as a charitable educational trust, which 'supports community projects and provides scholarships and awards in the areas of craft, agricultural science, art history, education, industry and social sciences'.Walkley
Walkley is a mainly Victorian and Edwardian suburb of Sheffield, located to the north west of the city centre. In Ruskin's time, it was a healthily situated neighbourhood, inhabited by skilled artisans. Many of its streets were developed by local Land Societies.Works
References to Works
refer to the standard edition of Ruskin's works: The Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin
, ed. by E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, 39 vols (London: George Allen, 1903-12). Where possible, citations are given from these volumes.