The Broad Street Pump original site

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)


- 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

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