Saint Neot

Saint Neot

St Neot was born in Saxon times, living as a monk in Cornwall, England most of his life. He died around AD 870.

are named after him.

His bones were preserved as a holy relic but were later taken by monks to the medieval priory at St Neots on the River Great Ouse near Bedford. They returned with their prize, pursued (according to some versions) by angry Cornishmen.

The bones were housed in the priory for many years but were finally lost during the reign of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The image above shows the commemorative mosaic of the saint in the Market Square in St Neots. The mosaic is based on a Saxon ornament, the Alfred Jewel.


*Young, Rosa (1996). "St Neots Past", pp. 15-18. Phillimore and Co Ltd. ISBN 1-86077-025-8
*BHL 6052 (1101-1125) : Vita (AASS 31 jul.)

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