Oldbury-on-the-Hill, St Arild's Church
Oldbury-on-the-Hill, St Arild's Church
A small 13th century church dedicated to a local saint, Oldbury church houses a largely Georgian interior featuring box pews, a double-decker pulpit, and reading desk. Though of Early English origin much of the current building is in Perpendicular style.
Very little is known of St Arild (sometimes known by the variants Arildis or  Arilda). All we really know is that she is a virgin martyr who 'fought the power of sin'. She is thought to have ben a native of Gloucestershire. According to 16th century writer John Leland she lived beside a holy well at Kington, near Thornbury.

Arild's sancity seems to rely on the story that she resisted the unwelcome advances of Muncius, who cut off her head. She was buried beside her holy well, but later her bones were transfered to Gloucester Cathedral. Miracles were later reported at her tomb.

The church is composed of a nave, chancel, north porch, and west tower, all of coursed rubble. The nave windows are late 14th or early 15th century work, while the two-stage west tower is late 15th century and the simple porch was added a century later.

St Arild's is no longer in regular use and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.