John Snow Memorial, North Street Gardens

John Snow Memorial (watercolour by Allan T Adams)

On 15 March 2017, York Civic Trust unveiled a permanent memorial to Dr John Snow (1813-1858) in North Street Gardens. Snow was a Victorian physician and a pioneer in the fields of anesthesia and epidemiology who is famous for his tracing of the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho and confirming that it is a waterborne disease. He was born in North Street, York in 1813.

The John Snow Memorial has at its centre a restored Victorian iron hand pump, similar to ones he would have been familiar with and likely similar to one from which Snow likely made his discovery on cholera. A new blue plaque to Snow and interpretation board with an overview of Snow’s biography and the history of cholera accompany the water pump.

The memorial being unveiled by Dr Stephanie Snow and Dr Geoff Snow

The works were managed by Nick Beilby and carried out the City Enhancement programme in partnership with the University of York and York Medical Society.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by descendants of John Snow, including his great-great nephew, Geoff Snow, and followed the Annual John Snow Lecture, given by Dr Stephanie Snow (University of Manchester).