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This public house in Northenden Road is named after one of Sale's most famous residents, John Prescott Joule, the physicist, who made many discoveries but is perhaps best known for measuring the mechanical equivalent of heat and propounding the theory of the conservation of energy. His name is given to the unit of energy and work. There is a statue of Joule by John Cassidy in Worthington Park, Sale and one in the entrance to Manchester Town Hall, by Alfred Gilbert. Joule was born in Salford but lived in Wardle Road, Sale for a number of years.

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