Anglo Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest
The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. Architecture and horticulture were attributes that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. Still, home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the general populace. Castles were more fundamental constructions and often built on blustery hills, where their tenants spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, regularly positioned in the widest, most fruitful hollows. Gardening, a peaceful occupation, was unfeasible in these unproductive fortifications. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most sites
uncorrupted style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. A big terrace meant for walking and as a way to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs about the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge trimmed into the shape of crude battlements.