NS2876 : James Watt statue

taken 10 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

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

See also NS2876 : James Watt statue & NS2876 : James Watt statue plaque.
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.

Inverclyde sculptures

Inverclyde District, on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde, is home to many modern sculptures, many of which were commissioned by the local Urban Regeneration Company Riverside Inverclyde LinkExternal link to brighten up and help delineate the approaches to the towns of Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock.

Other significant sculptures can be found along the Clyde waterfront and also on National Cycle Network Routes 75 and 753 which run through the district.

In addition to these modern sculptures, there are a number of more traditional statues to be found, including one of the District's most famous son, James Watt.

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Geographical Context: Historic sites and artefacts City, Town centre Primary Subject: Historical
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 19 September, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2806 7618 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8681N 4:45.3031W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2806 7618
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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