Photographer's Note

Saint-Romain-de-Benet is a commune in south-western France located in the department of Charente-Maritime, region of Poitou-Charentes. Its inhabitants (1639 in 2011) are called the Saint-Rominois and Saint- Rominoises.

The site of the town seems to have been inhabited since the Neolithic period, attested by excavations in the nineteenth century, as well as aerial photographs. The Roman road linking the cities of Mediolanum Santonum (Saintes) and the Novioregum ( Barzan ) passed close to the nearby Pirelonge tower, and it is arguable that a village, or at least a villa, already existed during the Roman period. A military camp called " Caesar ", located near the present village, has left some remains also.

From medieval times there remains a motte , including the foundations of an ancient dungeon. The village seems to have withstood the ages well since its its initial development with no major event to hinder its development, apart from a fire in the church in the Middle Ages and some excesses due to wars and the Revolution.

The nineteenth century was a time of relative economic prosperity, with mills and three tanneries located in the village, allowing the communal infrastructure to develop. A rather magnificent town hall was built in 1901, and the war memorial in 1922.

General Leclerc spend a few hours in the village at the time of the liberation of Royan from the German Army in 1945, the Germans having resisted in the so-called Royan pocket until well after D-Day.

The village located equidistant from the towns of Saintes and Royan has become even more peaceful in recent years following the construction of a new bypass. At the time I visited on a Sunday afternoon, only two girls playing on skateboards were to be seen.

(Extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea)

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