At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

Exploring the South East

This trail will take you through south London to some stunning Arts and Crafts collections in the South East.

Little Holland House

Little Holland House stands in a suburban street in Carlshalton.

It is a unique house created by Frank Dickinson (1874-1961) and now in the care of the London Borough of Sutton and open to the public.

Every part of the house was made by Dickinson, inspired by Ruskin and Morris, in the Arts & Crafts style.

Contact Details
40 Beeches Avenue
(Click on postcode to view map)

Tel: 020 8770 4781

Crafts Study Centre

England`s new museum of modern crafts, the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham opened to the public in June 2004. The Centre`s elegant new three-story space houses two exhibition galleries, a research centre (available by appointment), a small shop and significant collections of modern British craft, particularly calligraphy, textiles, ceramics and furniture.

Its ground floor Tanner Gallery showcases items from the Centre`s permanent collection. The first floor contemporary exhibitions gallery features the work of today`s leading makers. For current exhibition information and opening hours please visit the Centre`s website.

Crafts Study Centre is located at the front of the campus of the University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham (formerly The Surrey Institute of Art & Design) next to the James Hockey and Foyer Galleries.

Contact Details
University College for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
(Click on postcode to view map)

Tel: 01252 891450

The Watts Chapel

The Watts Chapel in Compton, Surrey, was designed and built by Mary Watts, the wife of the artist G F Watts.  The Chapel is a unique fusion of art nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian influence with Mary's own original style.  Inside, the brightly coloured designs and symbols representing the tree of life, fill the dome shaped interior. Whilst closely managed by Mary Watts the decoration of the Chapel was a community affair, with more than seventy villagers taking part.

The Chapel is Parish property and is open to the public daily. It is locked up at night.  Please remember that it is still the village cemetery chapel and is sometimes in use.

Nearby is the Watts Gallery, an Arts and Crafts house belonging to G F Watts, and open since 1904 as a museum for his work.  The Watts Gallery has been closed for restoration, but is due to reopen in Summer 2011.

Contact information:
The Watts Memorial Chapel
Down Lane

Tel: 01483 810684


The historic house, Standen, sits on the borders of Surrey and Sussex, S of East Grinstead.

This fine National Trust property was designed by Philip Webb, friend of William Morris, and is a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement. It is decorated throughout with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers, complemented by paintings, tapestries and furniture of the period.

The house retains many of its original electrical fittings. The beautiful hillside garden gives fine views over the Sussex countryside.

Contact Details
West Hoathly Road
East Grinstead
RH19 4NE
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Ditchling Museum

To the South is Ditchling and the Ditchling Museum.

Many distinguished artists and craftsmen came to live here inspired by its Downland setting and attracted by its rural way of life, including Edward Johnston, calligrapher, Ethel Mairet, weaver, Sir Frank Brangwyn, artist and muralist who had worked in the William Morris workshop at Hammersmith, and Ann Sawyer, artist.

Contact Details
Church Lane
West Sussex
(Click on postcode to view map)

Tel: 01273 844744

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