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 The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

The advent of the Normans in the later half of the eleventh century considerably modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. ft_127_art__96388.jpg At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were basic constructs that permitted their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive strategies, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally installed in only the most fecund, broad valleys. Peaceful activities such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. Berkeley Castle, perhaps the most unspoiled style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists now. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A big terrace recommended for exercising and as a means to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs around the building. On one of these terraces lies a stylish bowling green: it's covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is formed into the shape of rough ramparts.

Back Story of Outdoor Water Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classic Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. Starting in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope. Building a mostra, a grandiose commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the renown baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona came from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for building it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains created at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational activities.

Outdoor Elegance: Garden Water fountains

Having a pond near your garden water fountain is no longer necessary because they can now be situated on a wall near by. Digging, installing and maintaining a nearby pond are no longer necessary. Plumbing is no longer necessary since this feature in now self-sufficient. Regularly adding water is the only requirement. Your pond should always contain fresh water, so be sure to empty the basin anytime it gets grimy.

Stone and metal are most prevalent elements used to construct garden wall fountains even though they can be manufactured from other materials as well. The most suitable material for your water feature depends completely on the design you choose. The best designs for your outdoor wall fountain are those which are handmade, simple to put up and not too big to hang.

The water feature you purchase needs to be easy to maintain as well. Generally, most installations are straight forward since the only parts which may require scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a bit more difficult. Little exertion is needed to liven up your garden with these sorts of fountains.

How Your Home or Office Benefit from an Indoor Wall Water Feature

Add an ornamental and modern touch to your home by adding an indoor wall water element. These kinds of fountains reduce noise pollution in your home or company, thereby allowing your family and clients to have a stress-fee and tranquil environment. An interior wall water feature such as this will also draw the recognition and appreciation of employees and clients alike. An interior water feature is certain to delight all those who see it while also impressing your loudest critics.

You can enjoy the peace and quiet after a long day at work and relax watching your favorite show while relaxing under your wall fountain. The rewards of an indoor water feature include its ability to release negative ions with its gentle sounds and clear away dust and pollen from the air while creating a calming environment.