It is difficult to stop enthusing about St Neot church and its ‘nationally important’ stained glass. Simon Jenkins gives it four stars and the sun always shines when you visit, despite the proximity of the moor.
A large C15 church with battlements and pinnacles, St Neot stands proud in the village (next door to an excellent pub), on the side of a hill which emphasises its height.
The church itself is tall, wide and light. On a sunny day, great shafts of colour spill onto the floor as the sun streams through the windows. The wagon roof stretches the length of the building, interrupted by the modern rood screen.
The chancel is obviously the product of a late Victorian/Edwardian high church imagination.
The font is C15 and relatively plain with a large bowl on a C13 base. In one corner is a fine monument to William Bere and his family.
Each window has its story but the ones with the strongest narrative are those of the Creation and Noah in the south aisle. In Noah’s window, the most physically accessible, we see the prophet building and sailing his ark, and letting off his doves, a fine square sail billowing above his head.
Outside, in the churchyard, there is an array of crosses with a C15 lantern cross being particularly splendid. This features the Trinity, St James the Great dressed as a pilgrim, St James the less and a bishop.
A short distance away up a valley is the heavily restored St Neot’s well.
Overall, an absolute must for a visit and well worthy of its four stars.