Savigne is between Civray and Charroux, it is almost a continuation of Civray and many people will associate it with Intermarche which is located threre along with other ‘out of town shops’
However it is also a beautiful little village on the banks of the Charente river…if you care to wander off the main road. Which I did and I took a set of photos as I do to illustrate its charms.
The village is dominated by a large church, nice but not the most stunning you are going to come across in this region. It is l’Eglise de St Hilaire. Evidently it dates back to two centuries, part of it is older than another part. According to Brouillet, the church is from two distinct periods:
- “The nave, the primitive door, some windows, a portion of the choir and the bell tower are from the 12th century” ;
- “The current door and the part of the nave where it is open, several windows, the vault of the choir and the apse are of the XVth century” ;
OK lets move on from the church to the river, it is the Charente, there are some lovely scenes along this stretch, there is a narrow and old iron bridge but also several little roads which just lead down to the river and then stop. One of these is called the Chemin de Pecheurs and when you get to the river there is a sign saying ‘Peche interdite’. I saw a Kingfisher there, presumably disobeying the notice.There is also a lavoir which I always like to photograph. This one has to be the worst one I have ever seen…. neglected, no roof and in need of renovation.
As I am wandering around if anything querky, odd or photogenic catches my eye then they all add to the picture of the village so here to end off are a few photos in that vein.
To check out my photos of other towns and villages in this region click Villages and towns of Poitou-Charentes