James Watt



William Theed



About the work

James Watt was an engineer who made the Age of Steam possible by making steam engines work more efficiently. This development was vital to Manchester as an emerging industrial centre. After his death his name was given to the unit of electrical energy.


On pedestal: WATT

In the collection

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Location & Map

Watt’s monument can be found in Piccadilly Gardens. 

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