Entries by Liz Davies

The local economy and employment

The local economy and employment The town’s economy was largely based on farming and rural crafts and trades, with many local men working as agricultural labourers, or in related trades such blacksmiths or horse harness makers. Other local employers included Paine and Co. brewers and millers, Jordan and Addington, corn merchants and millers, the St […]

The St Neots area in 1914

North side of St Neots Market Square, about 1910 St Neots was a small rural market town on the River Great Ouse at the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. In 1911 the population of St Neots and Eynesbury was about 5,300, with another 7,500 people living in the surrounding rural area. The Eaton […]

The Battle of St Neots

On Sunday, 9 July 1648, seven months prior to the execution of King Charles, the Earl and his army of approximately 400 men entered St Neots in the county of Huntingdonshire. The Earl’s men were hungry and weary, following their escape from Kingston upon Thames, where the Parliamentary forces had completely overwhelmed them. Of his original army of 500, the Earl […]

The St Neots parish chest

The St Neots parish chest is object of curiosity and for over 450 years occupied a vital place in the parish church, and after being restored and preserved in 1998 is now on display in the museum.