St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill
|St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill|
St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, from the northwest
|OS grid reference||ST 818 882|
|Website||Churches Conservation Trust|
|Heritage designation||Grade II*|
|Designated||6 September 1964|
|Materials||Stone, stone slate roof|
St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, is a redundant Anglican church near the village of Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, England. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church is dedicated to Arilda, a female saint who was a virgin and a martyr. This is one of only two churches dedicated to her, the other being nearby at Oldbury-on-Severn. Access to the church is across fields or through a farmyard.
St Arild's is constructed in stone with a stone slate roof. Its style is Perpendicular. The plan consists of a nave and chancel, with a small north porch, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages divided by string courses, with diagonal stepped buttresses in the lowest stage. Also in the lowest stage is a two-light arched west window. The middle stage has a small lancet window on the west side, and on all sides in the highest stage are two-light louvred bell openings. At the top of the tower is a battlemented parapet. The north porch is gabled, and in the north wall is a three-light ogee-headed window. On the south side of the nave are four windows of different types. The east window in the chancel has a three-light window containing Decorated (geometrical) tracery.
Internally there is a tall pointed tower arch. The ceiling is plain and plastered. Some 18th-century box pews are still present on the south side of the church, and there is also a two-tier pulpit.
- English Heritage, "Church of St Arild, Didmarton (1089732)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 October 2013
- St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 29 March 2011
- Bradshaw, Jane (1998), St Arilda of Oldbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, University of Bath, retrieved 25 October 2010