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Oldbury-on-Severn is a small village near the mouth of the River Severn in South Gloucestershire. The village population at the 2011 census was 780. [1] It is home to the nearby Oldbury nuclear power station, a Magnox power station which opened in 1967 and ceased operation on 29 February 2012.

The area has been considered for nuclear 'new build' totalling some 3000MWe of capacity - either two or three PWRs. This would be more than the river flow could provide cooling for and so natural-draught cooling towers with a possible height of 200m have been postulated as necessary (- the existing station is 54m high).

Village attractions include a footpath near the river, a pub known as the Anchor Inn plus the village hall and two churches. It is also the home of Thornbury Sailing Club.

The parish church is dedicated to St Arilda,[2] a local saint and martyr whose origins may lie in the fourth or fifth century.[3] The church is on a small hill (35m asl at ST609919) and is an excellent viewpoint, and, for river travellers, waymark.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 21 March 2015". 
  2. ^ David Verey, Gloucestershire: the Vale and the Forest of Dean, The Buildings of England edited by Nikolaus Pevsner, 2nd ed. (1976) ISBN 0-14-071041-8, p.314
  3. ^ St Arilda of Oldbury on Severn by Jane Bradshaw

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Coordinates: 51°38′N 2°34′W / 51.633°N 2.567°W / 51.633; -2.567