The Bell Tower at Yarpole is one of a small group of mediaeval detached Bell Towers. The best known are at Pembridge (Herefordshire) and Mamble (Worcestershire). Bothe these date from the thirteenth century; though the Bell Tower at Pembridge was substantially rebuilt in the seventeenth century.
The tower is built of four massive corner posts, each a single timber 25 - 30 inches (63 - 76cms) square at the base and nearly 40 feet high. The frame supported by the four corner posts is braced by multiple scissor braces. The tower seems to have been built for a single bell and was subsequently raised by 7 feet (2.1 metres) to accommodate the present 3 bells.
The structure has recently been tree ring dated, establishing that the trees used for the 4 corner posts were felled 1195/1196. Being then 200 years old. The type pf joints used is consistent with the date and shows that the Yarpole Bell Tower is one of the oldest surviving timber fram buildings in the country.
There is a model of the Bell Tower, available to purchase and make, from the Yarpole Community Shop.