I believe that the empty site in the middle of this picture is the where the generating station for the electric lights in Lambton was located. The generators were situated between Young St (now Newcastle Rd) and High St, in a former quarry. The electric lighting scheme sent the council bankrupt, and the generators were sold off in 1904 and the building housing them demolished. An earlier photo of the generating station from 1890 (below) taken looking north from Young St/Newcastle Rd shows a long thin rectangular building behind it, and I believe this is the same rectangular building that can be seen in the photo above.
A close up from another photo of Lambton from 1900 (below), looking north, shows buildings that match the photo above.
I recently discovered my third great grandfather had the licence for the Red Lion Hotel/Inn briefly back in 1878. I’d actually been curious about that building on the corner as I live in Lambton, and now I know what it is. This family history caper is fascinating. Thank you for your work on this!
This is great work I have seen all these photo’s and also read your work on the old Electricity Station in Lambton, I am very interested in the History of Lambton as some of my family came from Lambton and I worked there for a few years and got to know it well. I grew up in Birmingham Gardens. You have done a great job in putting this all together congratulations.
Thank you for your kind words.