James Watt’s statue in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens has been profiled by the website Mancunian Matters.

The site says: “Although not a Mancunian, it was through Watt’s improvements to the steam engine that Manchester became a huge manufacturing city.”

The site says the Manchester statue is a replica of one that stands in Westminster Abbey.

Watt’s statue is in good company. Also in the Gardens are memorials to Queen Victoria, Prime Minister Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington.

Read the full article on Mancunian Matters here.

Check out our Map page to see the location of other Watt statues and sites linked with the inventor.

Top picture: Statue of James Watt by William Theed, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. Cropped version of an original picture by Nick Smale.

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