Photographer's Note

The church of Saint-Babylas in Vallet, Charente-Maritime, dates from the 11th or 12th century. Documents about the church are rare and uncertain: a priory "Valas" is mentioned in the cartulary of the Abbey of Baignes (1191). [ A cartulary is a medieval manuscript volume or roll (rotulus) containing transcriptions of original documents relating to the foundation, privileges, and legal rights of ecclesiastical and other establishments.]

It has been established that this reference concerns the small parish of Vallet. Like its neighbouring church at Chardes, the church of Saint-Babylas was partly destroyed by the lords of Montendre at the time of the Wars of Religion, and rebuilt in the seventeenth century. Extensive rebuilding work was undertaken in the nineteenth century by the appropriate authorities, including reconstruction of the façade in 1860, along with a new bell tower ( rebuilt in 1980), the destruction of the old steeple, and restoration of the south wall (1879). A further restoration campaign was conducted less than a century later, in 1969, with additional work being undertaken in 1998 and 1999, as part of associative youth projects.

The above information was extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea. Any errors in translation are down to me.

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