A History of England in 100 Places: Public nominations called for in Homes & Gardens category

From Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, to early terraced houses in Birmingham, and from Capability Brown’s landscapes to the public parks which sweep through our urban centres, England’s homes and gardens are some of the most important and ground-breaking in the world.
In a new campaign, Historic England, supported by Ecclesiastical, is calling on the public, history groups and experts to help them create a list of the 100 places which best tell England’s remarkable story and its impact on the world.

In August, the organisations are calling for public nominations in the Homes & Gardens category. Ten places will be chosen from a long list by expert judge George Clarke. The places that make the list will feature in a podcast, which will be produced as part of the campaign later in the year.
Both organisations believe that celebrating the places where we live, work and play will help to boost national and local self-esteem, and perhaps even encourage people to spend sunny August days exploring some of England’s great homes and gardens.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said “This category isn’t just about our grand stately homes and the undulating landscapes of Capability Brown. From public parks with fountains and follies to subterranean cave dwellings beneath our streets, we want to hear about the spots across England that are extraordinary because of who lived there, who created them, or perhaps because they represent an important moment in our national story.”

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: “As the insurance company of year*, we understand that people’s homes and gardens are irreplaceable to them, whether they live in a grand palace or a quirky bolthole. Ecclesiastical is proud to be trusted to protect many of the world’s most famous historic treasures, but here in England, history and heritage is all around us; in our homes, our gardens and even under the streets as we walk. I’m sure that this category will unearth some incredible stories.”

A History of England in 100 Places

Historic sites across the country have shaped England and are often still hotbeds of invention and creativity. These places bring our history to life; they hold a thread that runs between generations and they should be celebrated.
The new year-long campaign, Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, which is sponsored by Ecclesiastical, is divided into ten categories: Homes & Gardens; Science & Discovery; Music & Literature; Sport; Art, Architecture & Sculpture; Faith & Belief; Power, Protest & Progress; Industry, Trade & Commerce; Travel & Tourism; Loss & Destruction.

Each category will focus on ten places which will be chosen from a long list of public nominations by expert judges, including George Clarke, Professor Robert Winston, Mary Beard and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The places that make the list will feature in a series of podcasts and a handbook, which will be produced as part of the campaign over the following year.


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About Historic England
We are Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage), the public body that champions and protects England's historic places. We look after the historic environment, providing expert advice, helping people protect and care for it and helping the public to understand and enjoy it.
About Ecclesiastical, sponsors of the project
Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors. Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five corporate givers to charity according to the 2016-2017 UK Guide to Company Giving. It has donated more than £67million to good causes in the last four years.
*Ecclesiastical won ‘Insurance Company of the Year’ in the Better Society Awards in 2016 and 2017. Find out more at http://www.ecclesiastical.com