There’s a lot of history here.
Soho, Greater London
My befuddlement was all too obvious.
A woman emerged from the front door of the John Snow Pub. Need some help, dear?
Well, yes. Can’t locate the curbstone commemorating the Broad Street pump.
Carry on a few more yards down Broadwick. It’s pink. A very light pink, mind you. Directly in front of the side door to the pub. Easy to miss, but there’s a lot of history here.
Yes, there certainly is. Thanks.
The woman re-entered the pub. I followed her directions to a nondescript granite curbstone, looked at if awhile, then resumed my walk northwest toward the Tube station at Oxford Circus.
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What had happened near the corner of Broadwick and Lexington to make the owners of a public house in London’s West End decide it was advantageous to rename it after a man who had long advocated teetotalism?
Two American journalists think they have the answer.
To continue, [click here].
Portions of the Introduction first appeared in a blog essay (March 2013), “In Fairness to Snow,” since revised and posted on the John Snow Archive & Research Companion.