View Full Version : Treasures on your doorstep ?

10-25-2006, 05:03 AM
This Summer I had a visit from a friend and artist who lives in Dubai. She suggested we visit Watts Gallery which is very near to where I live. I had no idea it was here and she couldn't believe I hadn't discovered it. From moving so much around the world where I regularly toured and found all kinds of wonderful sights I hadn't realised I'd moved comfortably back to my home country and stopped exploring!

On my doorstep practically is Watts Gallery and Chapel with amazing history which can be found at this link.


Most of the villagers living in Compton during 1895 played a part in creating this incredible chapel thanks to Mary Watts for her incredible idea and inspiration.

Mary passionately believed that anyone with a real interest and enthusiasm could be taught how to produce beautiful decoration, if in the process it kept them away from the 'gin palaces' of Guildford, this was surely a good thing. With this belief firmly in mind she encouraged all from the village, whatever their social status, up to their house Limnerslease for instruction in clay modelling.

After a short drive we pulled up outside Watts Chapel in Compton..


The Entrance


As I love painting faces this really appealed to me!

The graveyard is full of Celtic crosses.As both my friend and I are Celtic we found wandering around really fascinating.


I spooked her son by mentioning I could talk to animals and that the one following me around was probably a familiar from my previous lifes witchcraft days.:o

I was joking but when I asked the cat which was their favourite soul in the graveyard this happened..........


I have some great photos so will add them later.

Near to Watts Chapel is Watts Gallery. definitely well worth visiting if you are in the Guildford area.


I must admit I can't help wondering what else I may be missing on my doorstep.

Do you have " Treasures on your doorstep "


10-25-2006, 05:10 AM
Now, Miss, just who was complaining recently about their lacking camera skills ??? These are phantastic photos :) Just love the heads around the door......

I used to visit Guilford fortnightly years ago ( boyfriend lived in a gravel pit - ina house !!!) and never heard of it... wish I had......

.. as for the cats favourite soul...... hope you made a note of who it was ;) [ btw ... hope Percy didnt pass on any secrets !!!]

Looking forward to more :)

Oops... in answer to your question.. treasures on my doorstep.... yes ..... LOTS :) :clap:

10-25-2006, 06:05 AM
Many thanks Jean. As it is near your doorstep, I can see it cannot be that far from mine.


10-25-2006, 06:48 AM
Jean, this Gallery and Chapel look very interesting. Thanks for the photographs and the link.

As you know, Jean, I have many wonderful treasures on my doorstep.


10-25-2006, 07:46 AM
What a beautiful place and a treasure indeed!!!
I also love the heads with the wonderful ornaments around them :)
what a big cat that is!!!

I thought you ment right AT your doorsteps :D that would be lots of leaves and branches for us (at the moment at least :lol: )

Also, lots of treasures at doorsteps can be seen in the local landmark challenge.

We should really walk around with our eyes and minds wide open to take in all the marvels that are along our everyday paths.

10-25-2006, 08:03 AM
It's beautiful, Jean - lovely photographs.

Watt's Gallery (http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/) was the subject of one of the Restoration Villages programmes recently HERE (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/restoration/2006/se_watts_gallery_01.shtml)


10-25-2006, 08:06 AM
What a neat place Jean, and you do take great photographs.

10-25-2006, 01:13 PM
What a great thread, and it does tie in wonderfully
with our Landmark Challenge... I hope more viewers
will post their own treasures here also.

Great photos, Jean!! And the narration is good too :)


mr sandbanx
10-25-2006, 01:52 PM
Dj vu here Ace! I swear I have seen these before. Lovely little chapel this, I have a soft spot for terra cotta so it’s all good actually.

Treasures on my doorstep?… not here, not like this. There is something very appealing and calming to be walking around in an old English churchyard… I do recall that for sure. Much better than the gin palaces I was hanging about in on the even numbered days!

Love the photo of the cat, reminded me of another cat:

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Bn, my cat and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

10-25-2006, 01:57 PM

This is part of the interior.

AC ;) Great poem too and this is on the tour guide list for your next visit to UK!

Doug thank you for the link. I didn't realise they had second place.

My photos are improving but now I'm having problems saving them on my computer which sounds crazy. :o

I'll keep trying!

Roger you must visit Compton,its fascinating.

I'll share more photos as soon as I can sort this little glitch out!


10-25-2006, 02:03 PM
Well, I'm within walking distance of several strip joints.....;-)

10-25-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the pictures, Jean. I am going to try to paint the chapel!

10-25-2006, 04:16 PM
Wow, amazing looking chapel Jean! Your photos are all super, my favourite is the Celtic cross (my Welsh roots :) )


10-25-2006, 06:34 PM
Great photos Jean - I too like the Celtic cross (Irish roots :thumbsup: )

We have a building in the centre of town that has seven arch windows along it's second storey and on the top of each arch is a carving of a woman's face - they are called the seven sisters - my grandad told me that the guy who - now either built or designed the place I can't remember - had seven daughters and so the faces represent them.

Funnily enough not many people in Wigan know about them - with towns changing so much I never really look at the shop fronts - I always look above as you normally find that that part hasn't been changed and it's amazing what architecture you find.


10-25-2006, 06:42 PM
Well, I'm within walking distance of several strip joints.....;-)

Hey Brian, strips of what? :angel:


10-25-2006, 07:01 PM
When I get to "my" doorstep, I'll let you know, meanwhile, thanks so much for sharing yours. The Celtic harp, and the Celtic singing, the music, I love; have several Celtic CDs I enjoy, especially when painting. Bless you, Jean.

hahh Grainne maybe he's referring to strip malls :angel:

10-26-2006, 09:06 AM
You are so right about treasures on our doorsteps!

What a beautiful chapel!!!