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Mr Monkey in London, 5th January

"Clever bloke, that John Snow"

Mr Monkey examining a replica water pump Mr Monkey looking at the John Snow pub

Arriving in the centre of London Mr Monkey scampered to Broadwick Street in Soho, where he examined a replica hand pump. The pump has no handle because Dr John Snow took the handle off the original pump in 1854 when he was proving that cholera was spread by drinking infected water. The real pump was actually a little down the road, on what used to be Broad Street, in front of the John Snow pub, which used to be called the Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

You can read about John Snow and his fight against cholera at the UCLA website and about the replica pump at the Cities of Science website.

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