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Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places

Help us create a list of the 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.

A History of England in 100 Places is sponsored by Ecclesiastical

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England's historic sites are hotbeds of invention and creativity. Spread across the country, they have shaped both our nation and the world beyond.

There's a tree in Lincolnshire under which Isaac Newton once stood, where an apple fell and lit up the future. There's a mill in Shrewsbury that gave life to the skyscraper. There's a house in Stratford-upon-Avon where the greatest playwright that ever lived was born.


Ten places have been chosen by our expert judges from the places you have nominated in each of the following categories:

Shortlist announced

Science & Discovery

Judge: Professor Lord Robert Winston

Travel & Tourism

Judge: Bettany Hughes 

Homes & Gardens

Judge: George Clarke

Sport & Leisure

Judge: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Music & Literature

Judge: Monica Ali

Loss & Destruction

Judge: Mary Beard

Faith & Belief

Judge: The Very Reverend Dr David Ison

Industry, Trade & Commerce

Judge: Tristram Hunt

Art, Architecture & Sculpture

Judge: Will Gompertz

Power, Protest & Progress

Judge: David Olusoga

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Subscribe to our 100 Places podcast on iTunes or on your podcast player of choice by searching for '100 Places', listen on SoundCloud or read the episode transcripts which are published as webpages in each category.

Follow our hosts Suzannah Lipscomb and Emma Barnett and join us as we travel across England visiting well-known wonders and some lesser-known places on your doorstep - all of which have helped make this country what it is today.

From a hut in Bletchley Park where modern computing evolved, to the iron railings in London to which suffragettes chained themselves in the fight for women’s right to vote, we’ll step back in time to the very roots of our national identity to bring you the people and the stories that have helped shape England.

So are you ready? Let’s find out which places you and our judges have chosen as 'irreplaceable'.

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