Just down the road from the GF Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey is the Grade I listed Arts & Crafts funerary chapel designed by GF’s wife Mary.
A skilled artist, she wanted to encourage local people to join in her project, so held classes. The response was enthusiastic and she had to double the number classes held each week from one to two.
The end result is an extraordinary piece of architecture, perched on a small rise, surrounded by graves old and new. One of those few places that truly deserves to be called unique.
Mary Watts founded the Compton Pottery in 1900. The chapel exemplifies her Arts & Crafts leanings and has been described as part of the Celtic Revival.
You have until 17th March to see my cousin Russell at Watts gallery. From 1st April, the celebrated glass and light artist Mary Branson will take over the post of artist in residence for a few months.