- Saint Neot
St Neot was born in Saxon times, living as a
monkin Cornwall, Englandmost of his life. He died around AD870.
are named after him.
His bones were preserved as a holy relic but were later taken by monks to the medieval priory at
St Neotson the River Great Ousenear 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
*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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