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The Norman Tower - Trewell Common

Take some time in the common lands of old England

Part of the central landmark from the region Trewell Common belongs to



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Trewell Common - The Norman Tower - STL


A range of 3D printable buildings and scenery, forming a fantasy village based on buildings from English heritage and East Anglian life.

Learn more about East Anglian heritage here.


The Abbey in Bury St Edmunds was one of the central landmarks in the region that Trewell Common represents for hundreds of years. It was a site of religious use since at least the 7th century, in the 10th century the relics of the martyr St Edmunds were transferred to the site.

The Norman Tower was a monastic gate, now used as a belfry for the Cathedral Church of St James. The tower was built under Abbot Anselm between 1120 and 1148 in a Romanesque style. The tower was restored by LN Cottingham in 1846/7. The tower was made from Barnack stone.

Rectangular in shape, in 4 stages, with the base now well below the present ground level. It is richly ornamented with a large, unvaulted gateway has heavy block capitals to the columns and large roll-mouldings. The west face is the most ornate, with a sculptured inner order and the arch projecting like a porch with a gable and fish scale decoration. To each side of the gateway are 2 tiers of niches with billet decoration; short buttresses above have intersecting arches and pyramid roofs. The 2nd stage has 2 tall blank arches with small 2-light windows within them. The 3rd and 4th stages each have 3 deep window openings, divided by colonnettes and hood-moulds with billet decoration: below the 3rd stage openings are paired blank arches; below the 4th stage blank roundels. The details of the 3 upper stages on the west are repeated on each of the other faces.

The abbey church was one of the largest in the country with a transept of 505ft long and 246ft wide.

The abbey was torn down in The Great Riot by the towns people in 1327, They were angry at the power of the monastery and it had to be rebuilt.


Hidden away in the Norfolk countryside was Trewell common. It doesn't exist anymore, but it did before.

It was a dozen or so acres of medium quality farmland that the members of the parish were allowed to inhabit and farm for free, in a time before the enclosures acts of the 1820s there were many such areas, across the uk, that were not owned by anyone. This is our homage to those places.


These models are designed for 28mm tabletop gaming and take an approximate scale of 1/50.


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This STL file set is designed for FDM Printers and prints with a 0.4mm nozzle at 0.2mm layer height

Supports are not needed for these models.


The printed model measures approx.:

mm x mm x mm @28mm Scale


We have a free well that you can download to see what is coming in this Kickstarter.


These models are designed for 28mm tabletop and RPG games such as:

Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer AOS, Frostgrave, pike and shotte, Confrontation, War of the Roses, Bolt Action, Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of the Rings, Runewars, Conquest, Oathmark, Marlborough's Wars, Malifaux, Banelegions, Kings of war.


We have taken inspiration from buildings and locations in our local area and pay homage to our local heritage.


If you wish to re-scale these files then see our blog post ‘A note on scales’ for more details


Some of the images supplied are computer generated and are for reference. They are images of the files that will be 3D printed.


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