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.