Historic places across the country have shaped England and the world beyond. They are hotbeds of invention, industry and creativity and they bring our nation’s story to life. In 2017 Historic England, supported by specialist insurers Ecclesiastical launched the Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places campaign, designed to celebrate England's remarkable places.
Guided by public nominations and a panel of expert judges, including Professor Robert Winston, Mary Beard, George Clarke, David Olusoga, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and Bettany Hughes, we compiled a list of 100 places where remarkable things have happened and shaped our collective identity as the country we are today.
The book, like the campaign, is divided into ten categories ranging from Music & Literature, through Science & Discovery to Power, Protest & Progress. The final 100 selected places are all contained within this gloriously illustrated book.
From the observatory in Greenwich where the modern measurement of time began, to England’s oldest inn carved into the sandstone in Nottingham, the choices are surprising, intriguing and enlightening. Some are well-known and others are less familiar, but all deserve to be celebrated as landmarks in England’s history.
The book explains why each of these 100 places is so important. The result is a unique history of England chosen and told by the people who live here.
'Author Philip Wilkinson has done an impressively thorough and thoughtful job of putting the 100 in context, with attractive photographs ... With the Angel of the North spreading out welcoming wings on the cover, it's a startlingly eclectic collection.'
Stephen McClarence, The Magazine, The Yorkshire Post