The "John Snow Pub" - at the corner between Poland Street and Broadwick Street in London - marks the site of the historic Broad Street Pump associated with John Snow's discovery, in 1854, that cholera is conveyed by water.
A Blue Plaque, placed by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008 as a 'National Chemical Landamark' states: "Dr John Snow / (1813-1858) / Founding father of Epidemiology. / In 1854 his research linked / deaths to the water pump / near this site and thus / determined that cholera is / a water borne disease. / 16 June 2008".
Another little brass plaque remembers that a "Red Granite kerbstone marks the site" of the historic pump, even if today it is not easy to recognize the red granite…
A modern replica of the original pump can be seen a few meters away from this site.
- Photos by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (July 2011)
- Locate the item on this Google Map
- Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map (The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World), Riverhead Books, New York 2006