If you’re inspired by beautiful architecture, art and design, you’ll love this beautiful little chapel just off the A3 in Compton, Surrey. It’s a small, circular building made from local red bricks, elaborately covered in celtic and art nouveau decoration and has a stunning interior.
George Watts was a contemporary of the Pre-Raphaelites and lived in Compton with his wife Mary. She designed and built the chapel in1896 with the help of 74 Compton villagers, who decorated the chapel under her guidance. It was completed in 1898.
Watts Gallery, which opened in 1904, is just down the road and is dedicated to the work of G.F. Watts. It’s currently closed for refurbishment and due to open again in early summer 2011.
The tea shop at Watts Gallery is in a separate building and open during the restoration of the gallery, best check opening times before you visit: 01483 813590.