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James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)

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A portrait bust (waist upwards) of a bearded James Prescott Joule holding a paper depicting a drawing of the tangent galvanometer (a device used by Joule to measure electric current) on top of a stone plinth. Joule lived in Sale in the nineteenth century. The physicist, who has the unit of energy named after him, worked out a law concerning heat and resistance and established the important principle that heat and mechanical work are both forms of energy. He attended St Paul’s Church and was buried in Brooklands Cemetery following his death in 1889.

James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)


1905 or before


bronze & stone

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by a subscription fund launched by Dr Lees, Physics Department of Victoria University of Manchester

Work type



Trafford Council


Trafford Council

Work status


Unveiling date

28th October 1905


time restrictions apply

Access note

Park opening hours

Signature/marks description

signature on back of bust: John Cassidy

Inscription description

Joule / 1818:1889


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Located at

Worthington Park, Sale

M33 2DQ

Set at the end of a short path off the main pathway.