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St. Neots - Gateway to East Anglia

St. Neots is the largest town in the county of Cambridgeshire, having 28,000 residents. It is located in the South West corner of Cambridgeshire, immediately adjacent to Bedfordshire. It owes its rapid expansion and prosperity to its strategic positions on the main London to Edinburgh line, the River Great Ouse and on the major A1 and A428 roads. High volume traffic problems have been improved greatly since the completion of the St. Neots bypass.

Whilst the road and rail links are of great benefit to the Town, it is undoubtedly the River Great Ouse which draws the majority of visitors to the town. The Riverside Park is therefore a popular location for residents and visitors alike, offering picturesque scenery, boating, fishing, picknicking and pleasant walks across the park's many bridges. 

The Riverside is linked to the Market Square by the town bridge, first constructed with 73 timber arches in 1180. This was replaced in the early 17th century by a stone bridge which was heavily fortified during the Civil Wars as the river formed the western Parliamentary boundary. Despite this, in 1648 the Earl of Holland led a royalist force into the town but it was to be a brief occupation. The next day they were surprised and defeated by parliamentary troops and their leader was captured and slain.
Given this history it is no surprise to note that Huntingdonshire District is also known as Cromwell Country and St. Neots is often the host to some spectacular period reenactments. A major event involving the Sealed Knot was held in July 1998 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the battle. (Photo available in the Gallery.)
Today's modern road bridge was completed in 1965 and allows easy pedestrian access to the main Riverside Park and the Common, as well as providing a convenient vantage point to watch boats on the river or to cheer on teams of rowers!

The Market Square is the hub of St. Neots and dates from the 12th century. It is one of the largest market squares in England and still retains a pleasant Georgian character. Many of its buildings are protected and it has recently been improved further by the Town Centre Initiative.

Other local attractions may be found at The St. Neots Museum located in New Street - here you will be able to find out much more about the town's rich history. Priory Park - a three minute drive from the Market Square. This is a quiet and pleasant park, with light woods on three sides. St. Mary's church is an impressive building located a short walk away from the Square. The aforementioned Riverside Park, offering boating, snack bars and other entertainments depending on the season. Ernulf Sports Centre and Swimming Pool, a five minute drive from the town centre offers many activities including tennis, badminton, squash and gymnasium. The town also boasts many fine Inns, Pubs and Restaurants.

The town is twinned with the french town, Faches Thumesnil. More information is available from the St Neots & District Town Twinning Association.

For Further Information please contact St. Neots Town Council.