Photographer's Note

Allas-Bocage is a French commune situated in the dpartement of Charente-Maritime and the region of Poitou-Charentes. The inhabitants, of which there are around 170, are called Allasiens or Allasiennes.

The village first appears in records under the name of Allas. The present name of Allas-Bocage was adopted towards the end of the Middle Ages.

Its church, which stands in the middle of the village, is dedicated to Saint Martin. It was constructed in the 12th century and remade during the 15th century. It was once surrounded by its cemetery, but this has long disappeared and has since been grassed over.

The church was a dependency of Fontevraud, and founded between 1110 and 1120. The exterior of the nave has two tall, slim windows with a stairway on the South wall. On the North wall is a low blind arch, perhaps a former doorway for the monks. The West door, which was rebuilt possibly in the 13th century, retains some 12th century characteristics. Above it is a large cusped window. The apse is rounded and has restored/replacement modillions, including several depicting horses. There are also modillions on the West faade. There are huge 15th century buttresses.

Inside, the choir has a cul-de-four vault that is frescoed. There are foliage capitals. At the crossing is a late 12th / early 13th century arch.

A fuller description of the church and its architecture in French together with floor plans is available on the SDAP 17 web site here.

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