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Heathfield Hall, Handsworth, West Midlands
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James Watt
date  1790 - 1819
era  Georgian  |  category  Home of Engineer  |  reference  SP057900
James Watt (1736-1819), inventor and engineer, died on 25 August 1819 at his residence Heathfield Hall in Handsworth near Birmingham, and was buried in St Mary's Church, Handsworth.
Watt was a Scot by birth and trained first as an instrument maker. Having noted that the Newcomen steam engine then in use wasted energy, he designed an improved model in which the steam was condensed in a separate compartment of the mechanism. The "New Invented Method of Lessening the Consumption of Steam and Fuel in Fire Engines" was patented in 1769.
Watt moved to Birmingham in 1774 to work more closely with the manufacturer Matthew Boulton who financed much of his work. The two families continued to work in partnership after Watt's retirement.
Watt had Heathfield Hall built in 1790, and it was demolished in 1927. It was located between Hamstead Road, Church Hill Road and Heathfield Road.
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