They're handsome buildings as you can see, set in green fields. Well, naturally, I decided to see what kind of makeover the twentieth-century had effected...
... and found that they're still fairly intact, despite the addition of a County Cricket Ground, and much housing. The facade is still impressive, too, even if Google Earth can't show much except rooftops. The passageway that the orphans seem to have used to walk under the Ashley Down Road has disappeared, alas, and the little lane heading obliquely into the top left corner is now just an alley running along the back gardens of a more recent (late nineteenth-century) street. (The council recently named the alley Happy Lane, perhaps because it runs near a primary school - surely a case of Trying Too Hard.)
Anyway, I decided to overlay one picture on top of the other, and the results are rather surprising - at least to me:
Here I've matched the drawing of Orphanages 4 and 5 to the actual buildings. They fit well, but it's striking how far out the rest of the picture is. Not only are the orientations are wrong, but Orphanage 3 (the one nearest the artist) reveals itself to have been drawn far too large - presumably in the interests of making a pleasingly imposing foreground image. This will probably be no surprise to anyone proficient in technical drawing, but I hadn't noticed, having given up that noble art gratefully at thirteen. (How I struggled with T-squares and orthographic projections in that terrapin hut on the far side of the playing field! How I quailed before the harsh Bradford vowels of Percy Cudmore, telling us that we were all "As soft as tripe and twice as nassty"! But let's not go there.)