NS2876 : James Watt statue

taken 3 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

James Watt statue
James Watt statue
Greenock's most famous son, depicted near his birthplace at the corner of Dalrymple Street and William Street.

See also NS2876 : James Watt statue plaque & NS2876 : James Watt statue.
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 world 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, 23 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 19 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Historical 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2806 7618 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8681N 4:45.3031W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2806 7618
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