Compton Parish has a population of approximately 1000 people and has less than 500 properties. Guildford Borough Council in the 2014 Settlement and Hierarchy Review classified it as a 'medium' sized village.
The Parish is in the Shalford Ward and its neighbours are Littleton / Artington, Puttenham, Wanborough, Onslow, Wood Street, Shackleford and Godalming and Binscombe in Waverley.
There are two private schools in Priorsfield Road, Prior's Field School, which is within the parish and Charterhouse School which is close by, but in Waverley. The closest junior schools are in Puttenham and Godalming.
Compton has a village hall and a club. There is also a 16th century public house (the Withies Inn) and a Thai restaurant, both of which have excellent reputations.
Compton is home to the Internationally renowned Art Gallery, Watts Gallery, which houses the works of George Frederic Watts. G.F. Watts and his wife Mary (an artist in her own right) lived at Limnerslease and both are laid to rest at Watts Cemetery, all of which are open to the public.
Grade I listed Watts Chapel is in many ways unique and was designed by Mary. The cemetery is Grade II listed and is owned by Compton Parish Council and managed by Watts Gallery Trust via the Cemetery Committee.
Matters concerning burials should be directed to the Clerk of the Parish Council as Compton Parish Council is the burial authority. All other matters can be directed to the Chair of the Cemetery Committee or to the Estate & Chapel Manager at Watts Gallery.
Excluding Guildford town, Compton is the only settlement area in the borough with two conservation areas.
Area one includes parts of Down Lane, The Street and Eastbury Lane.
Area two includes parts of Withies Lane and The Avenue.
There are no less than 89 listed buildings and structures in Compton.
2 GRADE I Listed
35 GRADE II Listed
52 LOCALLY Listed
The report below was compiled before the listing of the Rectory (now referred to as the 'Old Rectory').
Compton Parish Council was one of the earliest established parish councils as it was set up shortly after civil parishes were formed in 1894. Seven councillors make up the full entitlement and decisions not requiring input by a full council, can be made, as long as the council is quorate which means having three councillors in attendance. parish councillors are elected every 4 years. If there are insufficient candidates to warrant an election, councillors can be co-opted. The next election will be in May 2019, when all councillors must stand down but can be invited to be re-elected unless a full election is needed (i.e. if there are more than seven prospective candidates).
Compton Parish Council receives a precept that forms a small percentage of the council tax paid to Guildford Borough Council. The Parish Council receives payments for burial plots and an annual payment by Watts Gallery as part of the management agreement undertaken in 2014. Grants can also be applied for community based work and projects.
The Clerk to the Council is also the Responsible Finance Officer (RFO). Updates on the council's accounts are minuted throughout the year and the audited annual accounts are published.
The Council has a running list of projects, jobs, reports etc. and progress is periodically updated and reported with the minutes of each meeting, meetings being held on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month (starting in January).
The Parish Council is the registered owner of the allotments, which are managed by the Allotment Society and Watts Chapel and Cemetery, which is managed by Watts Gallery Trust.
Maps by Guildford Borough Council
Maps by Guildford Borough Council