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A manor house known as the Abbé Michon House, which stands just outside the town of Baignes.

It was designed and built with the help of local craftsman by Abbé Michon himself on the ruins of the Château Montausier, which had been destroyed in the French Revolution. The design was inspired by a journey the Abbé made to the Middle East.

Jean Hyppolyte Michon was born in Correze in 1806. He later moved to Charente with his family and lived there for many years. Studying at the College of Angoulême he became a priest at the age of 24. He was known as an all-round man: writer, journalist and archaeologist. Amongst his many achievements, he is acknowledged as one of the founders of graphology - the analysis of handwriting to reveal the personality of its authors.

The small town of Baignes in Charente forms part of the the commune of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde. The commune was formed in 1865 from the merger of Baignes with the now much smaller village of Sainte-Radegonde. At the time of the merger the existing commune of Sainte-Radegonde was much bigger than that of Baignes.

The area has a long history dating back until at least Roman times when there was a settlement known as Cathmeriacum. It lay on the Roman road that linked Saintes to Bordeaux.

Quite an extensive article about the geography and history of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde can be found on the French wikipedea site here:. It is written, of course, in French.

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