St. Neot is a delightful village on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The village is named after its famous saint who performed miracles and healing at his Holy Well.
Above: St. Neot Church
St. Neot Church has some of the best medieval stained glass windows in Cornwall and there are some fine Celtic crosses in the churchyard. Every year Oak Apple Day (29th May) is celebrated in the village – a custom which started in 1660 when Charles II returned to the throne after 11 years of Puritan rule. A blessed oak branch is placed at the top of the church tower each year.
Above: St. Neot Holy Well and Cemetery
St. Neot was a centre for mining – Wheal Mary produced silver, tin and copper. There is an alcove in a wall with an ancient granite mortar stone for grinding ore before smelting was used. A chimney and miners’ cottages can be seen along Lampen Lane.
Above: Ancient granite mortar stone for grinding ore and Wheal Mary engine house chimney and miners’ cottages (now one house).
St. Neot has a thriving community spirit and has a village shop, post office, pub (The London Inn), award winning Social Club, free car park, public conveniences, primary school with an Outstanding Ofsted report, village hall with a produce market once a month, public garden (Doorstep Green), walks, and many community projects and festivals including the carnival and flower festival and Cott Barn – a Community Resource Centre with historical archives.
Above: In and around St. Neot village
St. Neot is an ideal base for exploring wild and atmospheric Bodmin Moor, a relatively undiscovered part of Cornwall, where, unlike Dartmoor which is a National Park, you can still find a stunning home for a good price. Yet Bodmin Moor has areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Special Scientific Interest, nature reserves and most of it is a World Heritage Site site due to its ancient prehistoric sites and mining history. Come and discover Bodmin Moor and enjoy its peace, history and magnificent beauty – you will not be disappointed.
Above: Bodmin Moor scenes – left to right Golitha Falls (near St. Cleer) , The Hurlers Stone Circle (Minions),
Minions mine buildings, The Hurlers, Minions Exhibition Centre and Trethevy Quoit
For more information about St. Neot here is the village website: St. Neot Info