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Places that shaped the English language

11 places that shaped the English language

‘If you love history, on your holidays you can visit museums and castles. If you love plants, you can visit botanical gardens. But if you love language, what do you visit?’

In the summer of 2012, supreme language-lovers David and Hilary Crystal set off on a tour round Britain, visiting 57 sites associated with key developments in the English language. They documented their journey in their new book Wordsmiths and Warriors.

Hitch a ride with them to a small selection of the places they visited: click on the map below to explore the English language through the places in Britain that shaped it…

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