The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Landscaping Anglo-Saxons encountered great changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The ability of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and agriculture at the time of the conquest. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to contemplate domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Most often built upon windy summits, castles were basic structures that permitted their inhabitants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive strategies, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally installed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The bare fortresses did not provide for the peaceful avocation of gardening. The finest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is reported to have been conceived during the time of William the Conqueror. As a strategy of deterring attackers from tunneling within the walls, an immense terrace encircles the building. A picturesque bowling green, enveloped in grass and enclosed by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

Where did Fountains Come From?

Fountains Come From? 6750123208091796826.jpg Where did Fountains Come From? The amazing or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Inhabitants of cities, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created 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. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Urban fountains built at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

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