Friday, 2 December 2016

Watts Chapel and Cemetery, Compton - Novembe 2016

Cranleigh Camera Club Ladies visit in November was to Watts Chapel and Cemetery in Compton.    

Mary Watts, second wife of George Frederick. Watts, was the artistic force behind the creation of the Chapel. Her husband, the Victoria era painter and sculptor, financed the building of the it.  Mary and George Watts presented the Chapel to the village of Compton as their gift and it remains a working village chapel.

This bright red brick Arts and Crafts masterpiece is a Grade 1 listed building.    I found the design and decorations to be quite fascinating.    The chapel was constructed between 1896 and 1898 by a group of local amateurs and enthusiasts guided by Mary.  George Watts painted a version of “The All-Pervading” for the altar only three months before his death.   Both Mary and George have memorials in the Cloister a few yards from the Chapel.

A couple of amusing gravestones

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