The Southeast Sights

Watts Gallery and Memorial Chapel

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  • Compton
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

An extraordinary small museum that's often overlooked, Watts Gallery was built in tiny Compton in 1904 by the late-19th-century artist George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) to display his work. After a major renovation to the gallery, Watts' romantic, mystical paintings are beautifully displayed. His sculptures are astonishing both for their size and the near-obsessive attention to detail. Even more of a draw, however, is the extraordinary Watts Memorial Chapel, less than ½ mile from the museum in the village cemetery. Designed by his wife, Mary—virtually unknown as an artist, then and now, but arguably the superior talent—the tiny chapel is a true masterpiece in art nouveau style, from the intricately carved brick exterior to the stunning painted interior. The museum is 3 miles south of Guildford.

Sight Information

Address:

Down La., Compton, GU3 1DQ, England

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Phone:

01483-810235

Sight Details:

  • Museum £7.50; chapel free
  • Museum Tues.–Sun. and holiday Mon. 11–5. Chapel weekdays 8–5, weekends 10–5:30

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