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St Neot, Cornwall

Historical Description

Neot, St, a village and a parish in Cornwall. The village stands on a head-stream of the river Fowey, 3 miles NNW of Doublebois station on the G.W.R., and 4 NW 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 legions. It has a post office under Liskeard; money order office, Liskeard; telegraph office, Doublebois. Acreage of the civil parish, 14,165; population, 1237; of the ecclesiastical, 1084. Fairs are held on the first Tuesday of April and Nov. The manor belongs to the Grylls family. More than half the surface is common and waste, and about 400 acres are woodland. The 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, presenting a dismal appearance, and associated in the popular mind with some strange legends. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £300. The church is Later English; has very interesting stained glass windows and a 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, and present perfect and exquisite specimens of mediaeval art. A hermitage or monastery of St Neofc stood 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 Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels. John Anstis the antiquary was a native. There are four ancient crosses in the parish, one of them being the famous " Four Hole Cross," a shaft about 8 feet in height, ornamented with scrolls and interlaced work, with a mutilated head. Lewarne House is the chief residence.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCornwall 
HundredWest 
Poor Law unionLiskeard 

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CountyCornwall
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtPL14
Post TownLiskeard

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