St Neot  Cornwall


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described St Neot like this:

NEOT (St.), a village and a parish in Liskeard district, Cornwall. The village stands on a head-stream of the river Fowey, 2¼ miles N N W of Doublebois r. station, and 4¾ N W by W of Liskeard; takes its name from a recluse, variously alleged to have been a poor shepherd or a brother of King Alfred, and figuring traditionally in very wild legends; and has a post-office under Liskeard, and fairs on the third Tuesday of April and 2 Nov. ...

The parish comprises 13, 997 acres. Real property, £6,052; of which £50 are in quarries. Pop., 1, 584. Houses, 303. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Major Grylls. More than half the surface is common and waste; and about 400 acres are woodland. he rocks are chiefly granite, greywacke, and slate; and they contain some veins of stream-tin. Dozmary is an intermittent tarn, lying 890 feet above sea-level, measuring about a mile in circuit, presentinga dismal appearance, and associated, in the popular mind, with some strange legends. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £466.* Patron, Major Grylls. The church is later English; has very interesting stained glass windows, and an exceedingly beautiful tower; and contains an ancient font, an ancient stone casket, and several brasses and monuments. The stained glass windows were constructed at different periods between 1400 and 1532; were beautifully restored in 1829, at the expense of the Rev. R. G. Grylls; present perfect and exquisite specimens of mediæval art; and are fully described in a publication of Mr. Grylls, issued in 1854. A hermitage or monastery of St. Neotstood on or near the site of the church; and an arm of him was long kept in the stone casket still preserved in the church. An ancient chapel, dedicated to St. Luke, also was in the parish; and has left some vestiges. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians, a national school, and charities £37. John Anstis, the antiquary, was a native.

St Neot through time

St Neot is now part of Caradon district. Click here for graphs and data of how Caradon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about St Neot itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Neot, in Caradon and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th January 2021

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