World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Neot is a saint of the 9th century who lived as a monk in Cornwall. He is mentioned in an interpolated passage in Asser's Life of King Alfred[1] and died around AD 870. He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.


  • Life 1
  • Relics of St Neot 2
  • Legacy 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5


Neot, who is said to have stood four feet tall,[2] seems to have begun his adult life as a soldier, later renouncing a martial lifestyle for life in a monastery.[3] He served as sacristan at Glastonbury Abbey but later lived in Cornwall, at first alone, then with a growing group of other monks near Bodmin Moor. He was remembered because of his good work in caring for the poor.

Tradition states that King Alfred visited him for his counsel and it is in a book about St. Neot that we read about King Alfred burning the cakes when hiding from the Danes at Athelney.[3]

Two of the fifteen stained glass windows in the church of St Neot, Cornwall portray the saint: one of them consists of scenes from the life of the saint.

Relics of St Neot

His bones were preserved as a holy relic in the Cornish village of his name. St Neot's body was removed from Cornwall to Eynesbury in Huntingdonshire in around 980 when a monastery was founded there (renamed St Neots in his honour).[4] The monks 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. His feast day is 31 July (celebrated at St Neot on the last Sunday of July).[1] He is also the patron saint of fish.[5]

Mosaic in memory of St Neot


The Cornish village of St Neot and the Cambridgeshire town of St Neots are named after him. There are many churches dedicated to St Neot and at least one Holy Well.[3]

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


  1. ^ a b Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford
  2. ^ "St. Neot", Cornwall Tour
  3. ^ a b c "Who was St Neot?", St Neots in Cambridgeshire
  4. ^ "St. Neot and King Alfred", St. Neot Parish Website
  5. ^ Patron Saints Index, Accessed 11 Nov 2010,


  • Young, Rosa (1996) St Neots Past, pp. 15–18. Chichester: Phillimore and Co Ltd. ISBN 1-86077-025-8
  • BHL 6052 (1101–1125) : Vita (AASS 31 Jul.)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.