Medieval fountains

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Hello,
During the middle ages they had fountains, but they didn't have electricity. I tried to recreate one on a smaller scale, but I couldn't figure out how to get the water to pump back up without electricity. Does anyone know how to do this?
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Danger
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I suspect, although I'm not sure, that these were based upon Artesian wells, wherein the water pressure from underground is high enough to provide its own pumping to an above-surface reservois.
 
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Another guess would be that they just fed water that was going downhill into the fountain.
 
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Good point, Sir Squirrel. That's an easier way to do it, if such a supply is available. I hadn't thought of it because I was envisioning a flat environment.
 
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I can't believe I didn't think about that. Thanks alot!
 
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Pumps have been around a looooong time. There are lots of ways that it can be done. A simple water-wheel will do it.
 
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True, Russ, but the pictures that I've seen of these things generally show them as stand-alone fixtures in the middle of a town square. There's no evidence of external pumping apparatus. Granted, they're wood-cut printings, but those do tend to be historically accurate.
 
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"Fountains throughout the Alhambra spurt water propelled by gravity and water pressure. Without the aid of electricity, the water flows continuously through a labyrinth of complex underground channels"

So, I guess you just need mountain streams close at hand. Or if you have no natural sources then I suppose a large supply of peasants. :devil:
 
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So, I guess you just need mountain streams close at hand. Or if you have no natural sources then I suppose a large supply of peasants. :devil:
No, you'd see the lumpiness of bodies in the water. Definitely just water going through those fountains.:approve:
 
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Yeah...... those peasants had a rought time. :smile:
 
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H_man said:
Or if you have no natural sources then I suppose a large supply of peasants. :devil:
Unfortunately I don't have a large supply of peasants.:smile:
 
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You can have some of mine. It's getting too expensive to feed them.
 
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GeekyGuy said:
Hello,
During the middle ages they had fountains, but they didn't have electricity. I tried to recreate one on a smaller scale, but I couldn't figure out how to get the water to pump back up without electricity. Does anyone know how to do this?
Thanks.
Don't feel too bad GeekyGuy, I was 5 years old before I realized toilets weren't electric. :redface:
 
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A windmill can pump it back up hill, somewhat. Or, if you have a good flowing stream nearby you might use a water ram to raise the water first. There are losses of course. Entropy rules!!

As far as I know the medieval fountains were/are flow through. Fed by springs, artesian wells, dams and aqueducts.
 

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