Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Bell Tower Definition

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Bell Tower

A tower either attached to a church or free-standing as a distinct structure. The latter is uncommon in Britain, though quite common in continental Europe. Some notable free-standing bell towers include that at Pembridge, Herefordshire, and Wilton Italianate Church, Wiltshire.

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