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Watts Cemetery Chapel

Watts’s second wife, Mary, was also an artist and she designed Watts Cemetery Chapel when Compton Parish Council bought the land for a new cemetery in 1895. This extraordinary circular building covered in celtic and art nouveau decoration is open daily to the public. Local villagers were invited to decorate the chapel under her guidance. Each member of her class had a separate job and 74 Compton villagers took part. G.F. Watts paid for the project and also painted a version of The All-Pervading for the altar only three months before he died.

Mary Watts was deeply involved with the Home Arts and Industries Association. She founded the Compton Potters’ Arts Guild, producing terracotta garden ornaments.

The Chapel is open 9.00am to 5.00pm (sunset in winter) most days (weather permitting).

The cemetery is a working cemetery and visitors are asked to respect that, at all times.

Watts cemetery is under the jurisdiction of The Parish Council  contact Maryon Lordan for details on
01483 421811 or Joanna Cadman 07711 566458

Further details can be found on

THE Watts Cemetery Chapel Website