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York – for Paul and Katie’s wedding – and John Snow?

My past colleague, Paul, getting married to Katie in a beautiful setting in York.

By chance, the hotel Sara and I were staying in, on North Street, was where the very important John Snow (not the modern broadcaster!) was born. It comes complete with a cast iron hand pump with the handle removed and laid on the ground alongside – to represent John Snow’s removal of the handle from the Broad Street pump in Soho, London, which led to the immediate reduction in cholera cases in the area around the pump.

“John Snow (1813-1858) Pioneer of Public Health and Anaesthesia. Proved that Cholera is water-borne by removing a pump handle. Born and lived in North Street [York] until aged 14.”

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