Arilda of Oldbury
possibly Gloucestershire or Wales
probably 5th century|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church; Anglican Communion|
|Major shrine||St Peter's Abbey, Gloucester (destroyed)|
|Patronage||Oldbury-on-Severn and Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire|
Saint Arilda, or Arild, was an obscure female saint from Oldbury-on-Severn in the English county of Gloucestershire. She probably lived in the 5th or 6th century and may have been of either Anglo-Saxon or Welsh origin.
Arilda was a virgin martyr who, according to John Leland, was slain by a youth named Municus when she refused to lie with him.
Two churches in Gloucestershire are dedicated to Arilda, one at Oldbury-on-Severn near her traditional home, a second ("St Arild's Church") at Oldbury-on-the-Hill. Both places were called 'Aldberie' at the time of the Domesday Book, suggesting that their names may be derived from the saint.
- G. Jones, "Authority, Challenge and Identity in three Gloucestershire Saints' Cults", Authority and Community in the Middle Ages (ed. Donald Mowbray, Ian P. Wei, Rhiannon Purdie), 1999, ISBN 0-7509-1867-5, pp. 124–127
- Julian M. Luxford, "The art and architecture of English Benedictine monasteries, 1300-1540: a patronage history", Boydell Press, 2005, ISBN 1-84383-153-8, p. 134
- Alan Thacker, Richard Sharpe, "Local saints and local churches in the early medieval West", Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-19-820394-2, p. 509
- 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
- David Verey, Gloucestershire: the Cotswolds, The Buildings of England edited by Nikolaus Pevsner, 2nd ed. (1979) ISBN 0-14-071040-X, p. 351