Alexander Fleming's Country Home

1960 , Barton Mills (Suffolk)

Interview with the former gardener of Sir Alexander Fleming.

Excerpt from a BBC Look East report celebrating the late Sir Alexander Fleming and the time he spent at his Suffolk country home, The Dhoon. A modest sign marks the name of this small house, which served as the country retreat for Fleming from 1921 until his death in 1955. Beside this is a plaque which commemorates his time in Barton Mills. Views of the house are accompanied by interior shots of an adjacent shed where laboratory equipment remains as a reminder of Fleming's ceaseless devotion to science. A BBC reporter interviews Fleming's former gardener, who remembers the scientist as having a keen interest in gardening, golf and fishing, revealing that Fleming's time in Suffolk was primarily for rest and relaxation, but that he also had many friends in the district. The gardener also talks about Fleming's annual garden parties, held partly for the benefit of his young son, where sports and games were followed by tea and a party for the adults. The interview concludes with the gardener sharing his standout memories of Fleming, who he describes as a placid, unassuming man who was always helpful.

Featured Buildings

The Dhoon, Barton Mills, Suffolk

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Alexander Fleming's Country Home

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