Watt’s Cottage

In a small outbuilding, to the rear of Kinneil House, inventor James Watt did early work to develop the steam engine.

The experiments were supported by industrialist John Roebuck, who was living in Kinneil House at the time. The building, which now has no roof or door, dates back to the 1760s.

Read more about the cottage here.

This picture of the Watt Cottage (with a roof) is thought to date from the start of the 20th century.

Visit the James Watt website to find out more about Watt at Kinneil and his later life in Birmingham

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