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A view over the countryside behind the parish church at Saint-Leger.

Saint-Leger is a French commune in the département of Charente-Maritime, region Poitou-Charente.

Located six kilometres to the north of the small town of Pons and 14 kilometres to the south of the much larger town of Saintes, it has developed into a dormitory village in the last few years. Following a population low point of 375 inhabitants in 1975, it has steadily increased in size to 551 inhabitants in 2006 (an increase of almost 47%). The increase has no doubt also been influenced by the arrival of the nearby A10 autoroute (motorway) in 1981. A major motorway service area is located in the commune in the Forêt de Pons (Pons Forest).

Covering an area of 15.88 square kilometres, it has a population density of 35 persons per square kilometre. Altitudes in the commune range from a minimum of 7 metres to a maximum of 67 metres above sea level. A large part of commune is wooded, enclosing as it does the major part of the Forêt de Pons. Mainly consisting of broad-leaved trees, the forest covers an area of some 100 hectares. To the west the commune is bordered by the Soute, a tributary stream of the Seugne.

The parish church of Saint-Leger is a classic example of Saintonge ecclesiastical architecture. Its 12th century origins are still evident despite suffering much reworking during the intervening centuries. It stands on the edge of the village not far from the local manor house to which it may have been once attached by an underground passage. The bell cast by Pierre Colon in 1603 bears the arms of the family of Courbon, the local lords of the manor.

(Sources: French Wikipedea; Churches of Charente-Maritime)

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