Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Leonard's Church, Yarpole (1) (35k) St Leonard's Church, Yarpole (2) (46k) St Leonard's Church, Yarpole (3) (39k) St Leonard's Church, Yarpole (4) (38k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Leonard's Church, Yarpole
St Leonard's Church,
Green Lane, off B4361/B4362,
Yarpole, Herefordshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1196, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] One of 7 detached church towers in Herefordshire, and of less than 50 in the country as a whole. Arthur Mee, in his The King's England series says its “sloping roof with its projecting ledges giving it something of the appearance of an Eastern pagoda”.  I can see what he means![1]

[Image 2] A hurried shot from beneath the trees, before it began to rain, trying to include both the body of the church and the tower in the same photograph. Well, both church and tower are there, but unfortunately so is the workmen's bright green portaloo, although in its favour it certainly adds a touch of colour to the scene!

Note the small enclosed Garden of Remembrance in front of the tower.[1]

[Image 3] Here is a view of inside the detached bell tower of Yarpole Church, showing a portion of its fine old timbering. The notice board describes the refurbishment of the main body of the church, also informing us that:

“Saint Leonard's Church, Yarpole is a large plain church of the early 14th century with a fine crown post roof. The north aisle and reordered chancel are by George Gilbert Scott, 1864. Its chief glory is the detached bell tower, dendrochronologically dated to 1196.”

The refurbishment includes providing premises for Yarpole Community Shop & Post Office (a cooperative run by volunteers), which at present (July 2009) is served from a Portacabin behind The Bell Inn. The alterations will permit accomodation for those who wished to attend services, meanwhile creating a permanent home for the shop.

A large part of the cost of renovations will be “for an ambitious scheme to heat the building geothermally”; and on our visit the work was obviously well underway.[1]

[Image 4] Showing a portion of the old timbering in the bell tower, which dates from 1196. The timbering stands separately to the stonework, with one massive oak post at each corner of the tower, and a roof with scissor bracing.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO4698664864. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Yarpole, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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