Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Arilda's Church, Oldbury on Severn (1) (31k) St Arilda's Church, Oldbury on Severn (2) (31k) St Arilda's Church, Oldbury on Severn (3) (36k) St Arilda's Church, Oldbury on Severn (4) (30k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Arilda's Church, Oldbury on Severn
St Arilda's Church,
Church Road,
Oldbury on Severn, Gloucestershire.


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 the 15th century, and we understand it is still open.

St Arilda's Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

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] NOTE: the “old” Severn Road Bridge can be seen in the distance. The photograph was taken in the mid 1980s, before the new Bridge was built. Arilda is a rare Saxon personal name, and apparently all a lady had to do to become a Saint in Saxon times was to be the daughter, or widow of a King, and to enter a nunnery (c.f. St. Werburgh, to whom one of the churches in the City of Derby is dedicated). She is said to have been born at Oldbury, and according to Revd. Thomas Dudley Fosbrooke's An Original History of the City of Gloucester (1819), was martyred at Thornbury, and her relics brought to St Peter's Abbey by Serlo, who was Abbot from 1072 until his death in 1104.[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 ST6083891905. 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 Oldbury on Severn, 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 22 Apr 2011 at 15:15.

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This Report was created 29 Aug 2021 - 07:36:08 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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