Medieval Town Builder’s Handbook




What is a castle without a town to support it, and what is a medieval town without a castle to protect it, or suppress it, as the case may be? Thousands of buildings were constructed all over Europe during the middle ages, built of all sorts of materials, and no two of them were exactly alike. The most common type of construction was timber frame, wattle and daub. The construction consisted of a frame support made of timber posts and beams. The square spaces within the framework were then filled in with wattle and daub wall sections. These sections were made of interwoven twigs or tree branches plastered with a mixture of clay and straw, and then whitewashed. Many complete building plans for wattle and daub houses, as well as stone houses and other buildings, are presented in this handbook, which can be assembled directly from the paper cut-outs in a short period of time. The plans may be printed directly onto paper (card stock; 110 pound is best), cut out, and assembled (Tacky Glue is best). The medieval town builder may choose to construct the buildings as presented in the book. Alternatively, the builder may want to mix and match building parts to design his or her own, unique buildings. As a result, dozens of different buildings can be constructed to create a unique medieval town.