St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

Address: Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Didmarton, Badminton, Gloucestershire, GL9 1EA
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A church that time forgot

This atmospheric church is dedicated to a little-known, pre-Norman saint, who is thought to have lived near Thornbury.

The simple interior is little changed since the 18th century with its box pews, a two-decker pulpit and reading desk suggesting that time has passed this building by.

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Road directions

1 mile north of Didmarton and 6 miles south west of Tetbury off A433; access via footpath across the fields, opposite Lower Oldbury Farm, on lane running round north side of Didmarton village

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Yate (8 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 819 882

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Comments

  1. kim peters (29 Mar 2011, 14:15)

    my great grandfather was baptised in this very beautiful church in 1895,i have visited it on several occasions and always found it a peaceful place where i can reflect and feel relaxed somehow.

  2. kim peters (15 Jan 2013, 09:09)

    a truly wonderful church , my great grandfather was christened there in 1895

  3. Terry Chappell Seal (13 Dec 2014, 17:19)

    I went looking for the church, as the Chappells were local to the Church. I have come across several mentions in the internet pages as to the various Chappells who were parishioners. I have traced the Chappells back to the 1600's, I have yet to connect the Trafalgar Chappell/s to the exact location, who were with Nelson that fateful battle. They survived and it was recorded that they were here, married and possibly death. Although the records of some sources state Tetbury (registration district). I am looking into the Seals from Higham Kent as well. And have traced them to the church of St Mary's Lower Higham. Some Chappells are at the Chapel near the farm. Very interesting area and would love to return there.

  4. Mike Hames (06 Oct 2015, 10:36)

    Visited this church in connection with Rev. Thomas Bisse, described by some writers as the founder of the Three Choirs Festival. His father, Rev/ John Bisse, was apparently Rector of St. Arild's in the later C17th. Thomas's elder brother, Philip, became Bishop of Hereford in 1713, and appointed Thomas Rector of Cradley (my parish church) in the same year.

    The church, in its setting, is certainly a throwback to the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a real sense here of a lost world of England.

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St Arild's Church, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Access this church is across fields or via a farmyard. The churchyard is rough and often un-mown.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.