Broadwick Street

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thumb Broadwick Street (formerly Broad Street) is a street in Soho, City of Westminster, London. It runs for 0.18 miles (0.29 km) approximately west-east between Marshall Street and Wardour Street, crossing Berwick Street.

Broad Street was notorious as the centre of an 1854 outbreak of cholera (see 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak). Dr John Snow traced the outbreak to a public water pump on the street and disabled the pump. The end of the outbreak swiftly followed. Before this time, the disease was widely thought to be caused by air-borne miasma; Snow's findings showed it to be water-borne.

A replica pump, together with an explanatory plaque, was erected in 1992 close to the original location. The original pump was sited at the junction of Broad Street and Cambridge Street (today Lexington Street), close to the back wall of what today is the John Snow pub. The site is subtly marked with a pink granite kerbstone in front of small wall plaque.

A house on the corner of Broadwick and Marshall Street was the birthplace and childhood home of William Blake.

The street crosses, or meets with, Wardour Street, Duck Lane, Berwick Street, Hopkins Street, Ingestre Place, Poland Street, Lexington Street, Dufours Place, Marshall Street and Carnaby Street.

Current institutions on Broadwick Street include Yauatcha, a noted Chinese restaurant.

Current Occupants

  • No. 6 Agent Provocateur
  • Nos. 15-17 Yauatcha
  • No. 31 itsu
  • No. 33 Hearst Corporation
  • No. 35 Pret a Manger
  • No. 39 John Snow Pub
  • Nos. 52, 54, 56, 58 Reflex Solutions / Managed Offices

Former Occupants

Nos.48 & 50, Padgett & Braham Ltd. and Wakely & Wheeler Ltd, Goldsmiths & Silversmiths. also at the same premises were T & A Wise Ltd. engravers, and The Flutemakers Guild, makers of flutes in precious metals.

See also

  • Broad Street pump