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Mughal Garden Fountains – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 48.687 W 001° 46.228
30U E 580957 N 5963245
Quick Description: These fountains and gardens in Lister Park have been modelled on the fabled Mughal Gardens of Northern India and Pakistan.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/11/2013 2:46:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMHT4V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Lister park was originally the grounds of a large house owned by Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, a local successful mill owner. After he moved to a village called Masham, and built an even larger house, he sold the grounds cheaply to Bradford Council on condition that it became a public park.

After many years the park had become a little run down and major changes to the landscaping were made in the early years of the 21st Century. These fountains were completed in 2001 and are sited on what was an overflow car park. They are next to Cartwright Hall, an art gallery in the park. There is an information board in front of the fountains with the following text.
Mughal Gardens

These gardens have been modelled on the fabled Mughal gardens of Northern India and Pakistan. Most of the Mughal Emeperors, (Mughal rule over the Indian sub-continent extended mainly from the 16th to the 19th centuries) were not only great patrons of art and architecture but also lovers of nature, particularly all forms of flora.

Mughal Emperors commissioned a number of beautiful gardens including the Shalimar gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir and the gardens of the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra.

Formal Mughal gardens are a geometric ordering of nature. The avenue of trees, pathways, flowering plants, tumbling water cascades and graceful fountains are a wonderful example of fusion between Muslim and Hindu styles. The very picture of tranquillity, Mughal gardens usually provided a majestic setting for a mausoleum or a palace.

The Mughal gardens of Lister Park too follow this tradition, since they link in a number of ways with Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The gardens use the same mellow Ashlar sandstone as Cartwright Hall. The objects in the permanent collections of Cartwright Hall also encompass different cultures, including many fine works of art that come from the Inian sub-continent.
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