A ceramic pavement to commemorate the birth of a notable scientist has been unveiled in Trafford.

The artwork was unveiled in Worthington Park, Sale, in front of a memorial statue of James Joule, who lived in Sale in the 19th 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.

Friends of Worthington Park (FOWP) raised money for the ceramic pavement to be made and installed, with the work being done by local ceramicist Gordon Cooke.

The work was unveiled by Trafford Mayor Tom Ross, alongside children from St Joseph’s School. Moorlands, Worthington and Springfield primary schools have also been involved with the project following visits by local scientist David Ward.

Funding for the artwork came from a donation from a local resident, The Sale Mayoral Fund, Manchester Airport Community Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The artwork installation has been aided by Trafford Council and local residents Mike Drain and John Kennedy. The granite setts were donated by the Hogan Brothers of North Wales.

Nona Dougherty, FOWP chair, said:

We were passionate about making this happen. James Joule is a legend in the science world and it is right that we honour his work and his life in this way. He is one of Sale’s most famous residents and it is fitting that this beautiful piece of artwork is installed here at Worthington Park.”


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