Landmarks of English

We’ve had our say in 'A History of the English Language in 100 Places'. From Peterborough to Poldhu; from Lichfield to Liverpool; from Bruges to Boston USA; from Salford to Singapore there are many places across the world which we consider are landmarks for the English language. Now we want you to share your landmark places, the locations where you see linguistic footprints connected to English today.

Landmark of the Week

Bruges  1474

 The English Language and the printing press  In 1474, Bruges was not only one of the cities where the Duke of Burgundy held court, it was also the site of the printing of the first book in English. A London merchant had settled in Bruges in the late 1440s and had prospered to the point, ... Read more


In the course of research by The English Project into the colloquialisms used by soldiers during World War I for our new teaching resource, we came upon a fascinating WWI glossary credited to a Paul Hinckley.  His list of ... Read more
100 places
The extraordinarily prolific David Crystal has deluged the market with authoritative books about language over the last couple of decades – but it’s a testament to the enduring appeal of language as a topic for the lay reader that this hasn’t... Read more
English Project Bill Lucas on BBC Breakfast
Prof Bill Lucas appeared on the BBC's flagship Breakfast programme on English Language Day (Sunday 13th October). Bill chatted with presenters Naga Munchetty and John Kay about the significance of the date of English Language Day, which commemorates... Read more
English Language 100 Places Landmarks
‘What a brilliant idea! I love this book. Its structure is ingenious, its content endlessly fascinating. There are many ways to display the history of a language, especially one with such a rich history as English, and this is one of the most... Read more