Visit St Neots and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
St Neots, Cambridgeshire. This pleasant, ancient market town on the River Ouse owes its origin to a priory founded in the 10th century by Benedictine monks. The Danes invaded it, and after the Conquest it was refounded and given to the Abbey of Bec in Normandy in 1081. The monastery was dissolved in 1539 and disappeared, but excavations have recently taken place and some of the foundations have been uncovered.
The town centres around Market Place, which is long and spacious. The Bridge Hotel, beside the modern bridge, dates from 1685 and has wall panelling that is even earlier. The Cross Keys Inn, at the same period, is low with two-bay windows, and the King's Head in South Street has a curious doorway. In Church Street is the Victorian vicarage with ivy-covered walls and gabled Tudor enlargements. To the left of it are walls and gatepiers with fine wrought-iron gates of the 18th Century. West of the church is Brook House. built about 1700, with a hipped roof, seven bays and three stories. The Sun inn was built about 1680 and apart from the fact that its thatched roof has been replaced by tiles, little has changed since that date. The oak beams still remain in the low ceilings and so do the open fires and many brasses.
St Mary's Church is one of the largest medieval churches in the county and very beautiful. It is tucked away from the town centre in a large churchyard. Of ironstone and pebbles with ashlar dressings, it has a fine tower, and the roof is almost completely flat. The tower is 130 ft high with high solid pinnacles. The windows are all large. The nave is separated from the aisles by high-bay arches. The nave, aisles and chapels have ornately decorated roofs. The pulpit and stalls are Victorian but a few of the latter are late 15th century. There are several Perpendicular screens. In the chancel is an unusual monument to Mr Rowley and his wife, which rises almost to the roof, with a gilded iron screen in the lower part.
Five miles to the East, the little village of Fitisley has an exceptionally large village green.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Abbotsley, Bedford, Blunham, Bolnhurst, Brampton, Buckden, Burwell, Cardington, Caxton, Cockayne Hatley, Colmworth, Cople, Croxton, Diddington, East Hatley, Eaton Socon, Eltisley, Everton, Gamlingay, Godmanchester, Grafham, Great Barford, Great Gransden, Great Paxton, Great Staughton, Hail Weston, Harrowden, Hatch, Hatley St George, Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey, Hilton, Huntingdon, Keysoe, Kimbolton, Little Barford, Little Gransden, Little Paxton, Little Staughton, Moggerhanger, Offord Cluny, Papworth Everard, Pertenhall, Potton, Roxton, Sandy, Southoe, Sutton, Tempsford, Tilbrook, Wilden, Willington, Wrestlingworth, Wyboston, Yelling
Have you decided to visit St Neots or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a St Neots bed and breakfast (a St Neots B&B or St Neots b and b)
- a St Neots guesthouse
- a St Neots hotel (or motel)
- a St Neots self-catering establishment, or
- other St Neots accommodation