Landmarks of English

History of English Language in 100 Places
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

Pembroke 1457

The English Language in Wales: In Pembroke Castle in 1457, Lady Margaret Beaufort, wife of Edmund Tudor, gave birth to a son, named Henry Tudor. The boy lived at Pembroke until he was fourteen. Then he went first to live in Brittany and, after that, in France. At the age of 28, ... 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