Broad Street Cholera Pump

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Broad Street Cholera Pump
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Neighborhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 5 min walk
  • Oxford Circus • 6 min walk

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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
The John Snow Memorial
Oct 2019 • Solo
In autumn 1854 500 people died in a mere 10 days in a cholera epidemic whose epicentre was Broad Street in Soho. Dr. John Snow, contrary to the widely held belief that its outbreak was caused by foul air, was convinced through plotting the location of fatalities within the various water districts, that drinking water was to blame. Upon discovering that the Broad Street pump drew water from immediately above a cesspool, Snow removed the handle to the pump which stopped the further spread of the outbreak. A replica pump was displayed at the corner of Broadwick and Poland Street between 1992 and 2015 but this did not mark the exact spot where the original pump stood. Not until completion of renovation works In 2018 was it moved to the correct spot at the corner of Broadwick and Lexington Street. The nearest pub renamed The John Snow has a commemorative glass lawyer’s on its wall, and, upstairs, a collection of materials related to Snow’s life.

Written October 18, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
John Snow
Jul 2019 • Couples
Dr John Snow suspected that the outbreak of Cholera in the surrounding area was due to contamination of the water from this pump ( my husband tells me, and I have no reason to doubt his knowledge of the subject, that people came from the surrounding streets to fetch water here because they thought the water from this pump tasted better).
he removed the handle and was proved correct as the water had been contaminated from a nearby sewer.
John Snow was then the first epidemiologist.
The replica pump stands near where the original pump stood next to the John Snow pub.
Written July 22, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Reminder of our unhygienic history
Jul 2019 • Solo
This water pump is located immediately outside the John Snow pub in Soho, named after the Victorian era campaigner for improved public health. It’s a simple black hand pump with a comprehensive explanatory plaque. It’s very evocative and well worth seeing.
Written July 4, 2019
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Edita S
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Pump is back!
Jul 2018 • Couples
The pump is back on the street, right outside the Snow pub since 20th of July. Seen two days ago. :))
Written August 2, 2018
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moxieisgood
Pittsfield, NH45 contributions
Pump Memorial is no more!
Jan 2018 • Solo
Very sad to find that the broad st pump memorial has been removed. As a student of public health and epidemiology this is a great shame. John Snow was one of the founders of public health and one of the first to use geographic information to show the source of infectious disease and tracing it to the Broad St drinking water pump and removing the pump handle to halt the spread of cholera in London. I Hope this memorial is reinstalled in the future as this important site needs to be commemorated by more than a pub!
Written January 6, 2018
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BlackSombrero
London, UK20 contributions
Still no pump
Jun 2017 • Friends
Was definitely there a few years ago, but on taking a group of visiting tourists specifically to see the pump, was dismayed to see it is no longer there as of June 2017. Why would they do that? There is no longer any construction in the area, the pavement where the pump used to stand is now oddly empty. I urge anybody involved to replace this historical monument before it is lost to a footnote of history.
Written June 25, 2017
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stevedo2461AI
London, UK11 contributions
Pump not found
May 2017 • Friends
No pump replica seen in Broadwick Street on 2017 May 21st.
A few years ago, one was on the very corner with Poland Street.
Written May 31, 2017
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christinegootz
4 contributions
Only a sign now :(
Jan 2016
Can't believe the city of London took out such a historical landmark! I was really looking forward to seeing it, sigh.
The sign is attached to the bar. Where the pump was now appears to be yet another apt building being re/constructed...there are some pictures of it inside the bar named after Snow.
Written February 26, 2016
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Ophelia_12
14 contributions
Pump removed temporarily
Sep 2015 • Solo
The pump has been removed for construction. I am unsure when it will be put back. However the plaque indication where the original pump stood is still there. You can find it on the wall just to the right of the John Snow Pub in between the Pub and the businesses next door. If you have trouble ask the staff inside the pub for help, they were very friendly. There is a large red stone in the curb directly in front of the plaque indicating exactly where the pump was originally.

Also there is a blue historical marker for John Snow located about the John Snow pub on the right side.
Written September 14, 2015
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
A taste of Victorian London
Dec 2014 • Friends
This is quite a hard thing to find, but once you have stumbled upon it, it will open up whole dark history of Soho you might not know about.
Broad Street is now called Broadwick Street and is very close to Carnaby Street in Soho. Look for an old water pump painted black and surrounded by bollards. There is a plaque on its base which describes the Cholera epidemic of 1854 and the blame falls squarely on this pump.
The John Snow pub, just across the street is named after the physician who put two and two together and worked out that Cholera was transmitted by bad water and not an airborne disease as was previously thought. In just two weeks, over 500 people died in this neighbourhood due to water from this pump.
The one you see today is a replica. The original stood just outside the John Snow pub.
Written April 7, 2015
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