Plaque: Fountains Abbey Public House
Fountains Abbey - Paddington W2
Paddington has always adequately provided hospitality for travellers in the form of local ale houses. The Fountains Abbey opened in 1824 and has been a popular meeting house from the early days.
Sir Alexander Fleming was a loyal regular to the Fountains Abbey. Legend says that it was mould spores from this ale house which blew through Fleming’s window, leading him to the discovery of Penicillin in 1928.
The Fountains Abbey derived its name from two different sources, "Fountains" marks nearby sites of early known springs and wells which were of great importance to inhabitants, "Abbey" stems from Westminster Abbey which possessed the manor of Paddington during Saxon times hence the name "Fountains Abbey".
Site: Fountains Abbey Public House (1 memorial)
W2, Praed Street, 109