The Effect of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

50721md__16697.jpg The introduction of the Normans in the 2nd half of the eleventh century irreparably improved The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. However the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Castles were more basic constructions and often erected on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were major stone buildings, commonly positioned in the widest, most fertile hollows. 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 now. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to attackers trying to dig under the castle walls. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and bordered by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

The Advantages of Pondless Water Fountains in your Yard

There are two names for this type of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. It is known as “disappearing” because the water source is below ground. Disappearing fountains add mellow sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people get together.

It is not hard to find the style that is right for you, as there are so many to pick from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

There are many special advantages to a disappearing fountain contrary to other fountains. Since the water source is below ground, there is no surface water to pose a threat to those around it. That said, you will not have to worry about the safety of your children. Moreover, you will not need to worry about losing water to evaporation since it is stored below ground. This means you will use less water than if you had another kind of fountain. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can get to it underground. Finally, due to its reduced size, it is less difficult to fit it where you want it than other types of fountains.

Multi-Tiered Fountains for your Lawn

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common particularly in gardens. These kinds of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Although they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the decor and blend in accordingly.

A Real Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited.

The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and uninviting which generally kept people away. As part of an effort to revitalize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. Medallions bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.

The Famed Revelation Garden Fountain at Chatsworth

The well-known British sculptor Angela Conner designed the Chatsworth ornamental outdoor fountain called “Revelation.” In 2004/5 she was commissioned by the now deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire to produce a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday bash. One of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” mounted in it in 1999. It takes on the configuration of four large flower petals crafted from metal which open and closes with the water movement, alternatively concealing and displaying a golden globe at the sculpture’s heart. A steel globe painted with gold dust was incorporated in the sculpture, which stands five meters high and five meters in width.

This newest water feature is an exciting and unique addition to the Gardens of Chatsworth, because the movement of flower petals is completely driven by water.

A Solar Powered Fountain?

Are you seeking to beautify your backyard? Stop looking! Solar water fountains are the perfect solution - they bring elegance to any home and at the same time add financial value to the property. They are the same as electric fountains in that they help with one's overall well-being but they also offer monetary benefits. In spite of the high initial price, costs associated with these fountains are worthwhile. Despite periodic power shortages, your fountain will not be affected because it does not run on electricity.

Constant running water fountains will most probably lead to a higher electric bill at the end of the month. Keep in mind that while you may not notice any rewards right away, your home will be worth more further down the road.

Higher costs is not the only problem with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Solar driven water fountains are a good alternative to becoming “green”. The environment can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

This kind of fountain demands less maintenance than others. Since solar fountains don't have motors, they don't get clogged which leads to less cleaning. And this means more personal time for you!

Your Large Outdoor Fountain: Maintenance & Routine Service

An important facet to consider is the size of the outdoor wall fountain in respect to the space in which you are going to mount it. In order to hold up its total weight, a solid wall is needed. So spaces or walls which are smaller will most likely require something lightweight. You will need to have an electrical plug in proximity to the fountain so it can be powered. Since there are many kinds of outdoor wall fountains, installation techniques vary, however the majority include user-friendly instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the information needed to install it properly. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are provided in the kit.

The basin, if it's not too large, can easily be concealedin your garden among the plants. Other than the regular cleaning, little servicing is required once your outdoor wall fountain is installed.

Replenishing and cleaning the water on a regular basis is very important. It is important to quickly remove debris such as leaves, twigs or other dreck. Protecting your outdoor wall fountain from the cold winter temperatures is essential. If left outdoors, your pump could crack as a result of freezing water, so bring it inside during the winter. Simply put, your outdoor fountain will be around for many years with the proper care and maintenance.


The Newest Inclusion to the Gardens of Chatsworth: "Revelation" Fountain
Angela Conner, the well-known British sculptor, designed “Revelation,” the most recent acquisition to the ornamental exterior fountains of Chatsworth. In commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday, she was... read more
The Most Current Addition to the Chatsworth Gardens: Revelation Fountain
Designed by well-known English sculptor Angela Conner, "Revelation" is the newest addition to the Chatsworth ornamental exterior water features. In commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday, she was mandated by the late 11th... read more
The Dissemination of Fountain Design Knowledge
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The Original Water Feature Creative Designers
Multi-talented people, fountain designers from the 16th to the late 18th century typically functioned as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one. During the Renaissance, Leonardo da... read more