NS2876 : James Watt Memorial Building

taken 11 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

James Watt Memorial Building
James Watt Memorial Building
On the corner of Dalrymple St and William St. See NS2876 : James Watt Statue for a closer look at the statue. The Victoria Tower in the background is part of the Greenock Town Hall complex and is the tallest such tower on the Clyde.
James Watt Memorial College
Standing near the site of Watt’s birthplace, the James Watt Memorial College on the corner of William Street and Dalrymple Street was officially opened as the Watt Memorial Engineering and Navigation School in June 1908. The building was endowed by Andrew Carnegie. It is known locally as "The Watt School" or "The Watt Memorial School".

Marine engineering and navigation were the main subjects and the proximity to the busy docks at Greenock and Port Glasgow meant that the college was convenient for seamen from around the worls who wanted to study while in port.

The college closed in 1973 when the new James Watt College opened at Finnart Street in the west end of the town.

Extensive renovation and restoration by Inverclyde Council (costing around £2,000,000) is nearing completion at the time of writing (Augst 2017). This includes installation of a lift, new heating and ventilation systems and the repair of the B listed LinkExternal link façade. On completion, the building will provide office accommodation for the Council's Environmental Services department.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 January, 2007   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 27 January, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 280 761 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8455N 4:45.3495W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 281 761
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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