The Watts Mortuary Chapel - Compton Surrey - HDR by Colin J Williams Photography

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The Watts Mortuary Chapel (locally known as Watts Cemetery Chapel) is a Gothic Revival chapel and mortuary located in the village of Compton in Surrey.

As a follower of the Home Arts and Industries Association, set up by Earl Brownlow in 1885 to encourage handicrafts among the lower classes, when Compton Parish Council created a new cemetery, local resident artist Mary Fraser-Tytler, the wife of Victorian era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts, offered to design and build a new mortuary chapel. The chapel was the Wattses’ contribution to this characteristically Victorian preoccupation with social improvement through creative enlightenment.

Leading a group of local amateurs and enthusiasts, many of whom later went on with Mary Fraser-Tytler to found the Compton Potters’ Arts Guild, it was constructed from 1896 to 1898 with virtually every village resident involved. Essentially circular, from the outside it has the look of a Roman Italianate chapel; local villagers were invited to decorate the chapel under her guidance, resulting in an interior which is a merger of angels and Arthurian legend meets Edward Burne-Jones. Each member of Fraser-Tytler’s evening class, led by Louis Deuchars, had a separate job, with 74 Compton villagers taking 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.

The graves include Arts and Crafts movement type sayings, including “The Morning Stars Sang Together” and, inside the chapel, “Their hope is full of immorality but the souls of the righteous are in the hands of God.”

Ever since a child, aviation has been a keen interest of mine, with warbirds being my favourite. Since joining Redbubble, I have become a keen follower of HDR work, which I am concerntrating on at the moment.

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  • Chris Lord
    Chris Lordover 1 year ago

    Saw a piece on this in a documentary on Art Deco last year. Looked really cool. Nice shot Colin.

  • Cheers Chris An Amazing Place With Awesome Brickwork !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Super find Colin …

  • Cheers Tom !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65over 1 year ago

    Great capture, Colin!

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Superb image Colin

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    The pov, depth of field, composition…. Excellent work!!

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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