The Watts Cemetery Chapel

The Watts Cemetery Chapel is a working village parish chapel in the village cemetery of Compton in Surrey. A Grade I listed building. When Compton Parish Council created a new cemetery, local resident artist Mary Watts, the wife of Victorian era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts, offered to design and build a new mortuary chapel. A group of local amateurs and enthusiasts constructed the chapel from 1896 to 1898; virtually every village resident was involved. The ground plan is essentially circular. Local villagers were invited to decorate the chapel under Mary’s guidance, resulting in an interior that fuses art nouveau and Celtic influences, combined with Mary’s own original style. In 1895, Mary … Continue reading The Watts Cemetery Chapel