I was writing about St Neot yesterday, best known as the name of two places, one in Cambridgeshire and one in Cornwall. St Neot seems to have been born in Somerset, became a priest at Glastonbury abbey, became a hermit on Bodmin Moor, became a saint whose body was interred in the local church of St, Anietus, his body was then stolen by other monks and taken to their priory in what was then Huntingdonshire, now Cambridgeshire, and finally his remains were lost during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. His feast day is today – 31 July!!
St Neot is apparently the patron saint of fish; the story explaining this is that there was a holy well which contained three fish. An angel told Neot that as long as he ate only one fish a day, there would always be three in the well. Now, it happened that Neot became sick and his servant, thinking that fish would be just the thing for the unwell hermit, took and cooked two of them. Neot realised what had happened and prayed for forgiveness and ordered that the fish be taken back to the well. No doubt because of his saintly prayers, when the cooked fish went back into the water, they both were miraculously became uncooked and alive again! The Holy Well of St Neot is still there today!
I don’t know if it is the right thing to do, but it’s just a coincidence that dinner tonight is fish fingers!
My featured image is of Fowey; part of the parish boundary of St Neots is formed by the River Fowey.