The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. However, there was no time for home life, domestic design, and decoration until the Normans had overcome the whole realm. 94-009-3403__13002.jpg Most often constructed upon windy peaks, castles were fundamental structures that allowed their occupants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally installed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The barren fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most uncorrupted style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is rumored to have been developed during the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to assailants attempting to dig under the castle walls. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and surrounded by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

Short History of Fountains

If you study any town or city throughout history, they have all built outdoor water fountains, which supplied water for the people and often became part of the neighborhood lore. Well before we had sinks and faucets in our homes to provide us water, people counted on these fountains when they required water for drinking, cooking, or cleaning. The water fountains also provide a calming and captivating background to religious traditions and other ceremonies. The water fountains are commonly thought to have the capacity to purge the religious, and they play an important role in the town’s protection as well, providing water during military blockades. These fountains are also a place for townspeople to socialize, like at the fountain at Castalia in Delphi.

The Interesting Origin of the Wall Fountain

While he was looking to make Rome the center of the Christian community, Pope Nicholas V took advantage of the occasion to request translations of Ancient Greek texts, converting them all into Latin. This brought Rome (and himself) acclaim in the Christian world. To further boost his city's prestige, an old aqueduct was rebuilt to improve the supply of clean drinking water to the city from eight miles away. (This aqueduct is known as the Acqua Vergine) He set out re-constructing it in 1453. At the same time, he revived the practice of installing commemorative fountains, called mostras, to mark the arrival point of an aqueduct. As impressive as the Trevi fountain is, you might find it interesting to know that its roots were from a design for the first wall fountain, a simple water feature constructed by Leon Battista Alberti on a commission from the Pope. Interestingly, the famous fountain of Trevi came about from the desire for Rome to become the christian capital of the known world, and was its 1st wall fountain.

Memorialize a Cherished One with a Garden Water Feature

Garden fountains make perfect and unique commemorative pieces. A lot of traditional rituals have been eliminated in today’s society. However, people still commonly have some type of memorial for loved ones who have passed.

Personal things from the deceased person’s life often play an important part in a commemorative piece. Lots of people view backyard garden fountains as wonderful commemorative pieces to their loved ones. Adding personal items such as photographs or a nameplate, planting a tree, or holding annual remembrance ceremonies at the fountain will make the garden fountain more unique to your loved one.

Garden fountains help you to honor loved ones you have lost. Prosperity, achievement, and good fortune all are symbolized by the trickling water which celebrates the memory of the defunct. Whatever sort of garden fountain you choose as a memorial, make sure it is sturdy, high quality, and able to tolerate any type of weather. After you do the work to build the garden fountain memorial, you will want to make sure it will last.

Factors to Keep in Mind When Selecting a Fountain

When you are selecting a water fountain, be sure to give some thought to where you will put it. The entrance to a hotel or building is a wonderful place for them, as they offer a lovely welcome to guests.

Certain fountains are intentionally built to lean against a wall. They can be secured against a wall, post, or fence by using a bar or a hook attached to the back. There are many natural hazards such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely affix it to the wall, so do not neglect to do this as soon as possible.

In open-air places like parks where visitors tend to sit and relax for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

Design Options for Garden Fountains

Gardens are great places to pause from the day-to-day routine and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the work it takes to do it correctly. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. Many people decide to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or getting a water feature.

A water fountain can make a considerable difference to the elegance and tranquility of your garden. A place of tranquility and serenity will appear from what was originally just a simple spot. The sounds of a water fountain make for a soothing environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will entice. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the beautiful new fountain.

The Wide Array of Designs of Water Wall Fountains

Small patios or courtyards are an ideal place to install wall fountains because they add style to an area with little space. When considering the many types of outdoor wall fountains available including traditional, vintage, modern, or Asian, you are certain to find one best suited to your design ideas. Your tastes dictate the type you buy so while there may not be a prefabricated fountain to satisfy you, you do have the option of having a custom made one.

Mounted and stand-alone fountains are available on the market. Little, self-contained mounted wall fountains can be installed on any surface. Fountains of this type need to be lightweight, therefore, they are typically fabricated from resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass. Stand-alone fountains, often referred to as floor fountains, are of considerable size, have a basin situated on the ground and a smooth side which leans against a wall. There are no weight limits on these types of cast stone water features.

It is a good idea to incorporate a custom-made fountain into a new or existing wall, something often recommended by landscape professionals. A expert mason is necessary to install the water basin against the wall and correctly install all the plumbing inside or behind the wall. It is also vital to include a spout or fountain mask to build it into the wall. A custom-made wall fountain blends into the landscape instead of standing out because it was a later addition, which adds to a unified look.


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