Anglo Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons felt great adjustments to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans.Anglo Saxon Landscapes Time Norman Conquest 3194549150415114483.jpg At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Castles were more basic constructions and often erected on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, mostly located in the widest, most fertile hollows. Gardening, a quiet occupation, was unfeasible in these unproductive fortifications. The purest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent today is Berkeley Castle. The keep is reported to have been invented during the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to assailants wanting to excavate under the castle walls. A picturesque bowling green, enveloped in grass and enclosed by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

From Where Did Water Features Originate?

Water Features Originate? 94761254369.jpg Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classic Greek documents into Latin. He undertook the embellishment of Rome to turn it into the model seat of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, a grandiose commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. The present-day location of the Trevi Fountain was formerly occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. Changes and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.Various Construction Materials Garden Fountains 074038920.jpg

The Various Construction Materials of Garden Fountains

Although they come in various materials, modern garden fountains tend to be made of metal. Metallic fountains, with their clean lines and sculptural accents, come in in a range of metals and can accommodate any style or budget. If you have a modern look and feel to your interior design, your yard and garden should mirror that same look.

Presently, copper is very prevalent for sculptural garden fountains. Copper is used in cascade and tabletop water fountains as well as many other styles, making it versatile enough for inside and outside fountains. If you choose to go with copper, your fountain can be any style from fun and whimsical to contemporary.

Also popular, brass fountains typically have a more old-fashioned style to them versus their copper counterpart. You will see a lot of brass fountains, as their intricate artwork makes them trendy even if they are on the more traditional side.

Of all the metals, stainless steel is seen as the most contemporary-looking. If you pick a cutting-edge steel design, both the value and tranquility of your garden will get a nice bump. Like all water fountains, you can find them in just about any size you want.

Fiberglass is a common material for fountains because you can get the look and feel of metal at a much lower price, and it is lighter and easier to move than metal. It is easy to clean and maintain a fiberglass water fountain, yet another reason they are common.