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The historic John Snow water pump is back in Soho

John Snow water pump memorial

We know, we know – water pumps are hardly the most thrilling of objects. But hear us out, because this one’s pretty major.

After disappearing briefly during renovation work in Soho, a refurbished replica of the John Snow pump has been unveiled on Broadwick Street today. Originally, the water pump was the source of a deadly cholera epidemic - but luckily, now it’s just a reminder of the lives saved by Dr John Snow.

Ok...but who’s he? And why care? Dr Snow’s the guy who produced evidence that cholera was waterborne, ground-breaking research that changed the way scientists investigate and treat epidemics across the world. All in all, very impressive stuff.

If you’re schlepping around Soho and want to welcome back the Jon Snow pump, you can find it outside the John Snow Pub on Broadwick Street.

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Mark W

The history of pumped water in London is fascinating starting with a waterwheel under London Bridge in the 1580s. In Georgian times steam powered waterworks took over providing Thames river water to homes.

And there are few things more thrilling than the 15 ton Beam of a 1820 steam pumping engine 4 stories high delivering 800 gallons a minute, which can still be seen working at the London Museum of Water and Steam at Kew Bridge @waterandsteam