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Big Lamp


Big Lamp is the area by the junction of Westgate Road and Elswick Road. There was a large lamp here, which was reputedly one of the city’s early electric street lights. Based on a photograph of the lamp from Newcastle Libraries, dated October 1900, the lamp seems to pre-date the electrification of the tram way on parts of Westgate Road in c.1901. Incidentally, in 1879, Mosley Street in Newcastle had become the worlds first public road to be lit by the incandescent light bulb, invented by Joseph Swan. By the Big Lamp junction is Westgate Hill Cemetery and St Matthew's Church is close by.

Newcastle City Centre Elswick Road Westgate Road Big Lamp Brewery Summerhill Church of St Matthew, Summerhill Street Electricity - Pioneers and early adoption in North East England
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064238:The Big Lamp at junction of Westgate Road and Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oct 14, 1900

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037219:Sunday School St. Matthew's Church Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1975

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The Church of St. Matthew, Big Lamp, Summerhill Street, NE4

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Big Lamp looking down Westgate Road hill.

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Elswick Road
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Elswick Road
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064232:Laying electric tram lines, Elswick Road, Elswick, 1901

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The Big Lamp, Newcastle

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Cemetery corner at Elswick Road/Westgate road junction

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Big Lamp Brewery
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Big Lamp Brewery
- The Big Lamp Brewery was established by by Tom and Terry Hanson and began brewing in December 1982. The brewery was initially located at No. 1 Summerhill Street, near 'The ...

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