Description: How does a competing babble of backwater dialects evolve into being an influential global language? Cradle of English set out to explore its past while tapping into the technologies that might shape its future. Long before it became a collective descriptor for the world of English journalism, Fleet Street was at the centre of the country’s publishing and printing industries. Beginning in the 16th century, printing presses turned out early versions of the English Bible and the first great dictionaries of the language. In the courts of Chancery and the Temple, some of the finest minds in England were defining the legal frameworks that would shape today’s world.Famous not only for what it represented in the evolution of English culture, nor just for the foundations it lay for today’s global worlds of law, medicine, science, and technology, Fleet Street has for centuries now become a magnet for the titans of the wider culture who were attracted to live and work in and around its courts and alleys, supping in its coffee houses and taverns: Shakespeare, Milton, Pepys, Newton, Dr Johnson, Burke, Dickens …With its collective imagination, innovative spirit, and its sheer energy, Fleet Street became the Silicon Valley of the 18th century, inspiring the English Enlightenment and powering the language into the modern world.Now, Cradle of English is working with 21st century technologies of Virtual and Augmented Reality, AI and machine learning, crafting an online Fleet Street world that will in its turn power the futures of tourism, education, and consumer retail. Working with a committed community of supporters on Patreon, the Cradle executive team and its specialist partner/creators in the Virtual world are “holding a mirror up to Nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.” Hamlet shows the way but we must find our own path, with the legacy of Fleet Street illuminating the journey.

Industry: Leisure and Tourism


Company size: 1-10 employees

XRD rank: –

Headquarter: London, Middlesex

Ownership: Private company

Founded year: 2019

Skillset: History of English, Linguistic anthropology, Speech evolution, London walks, Online tourism, Virtual reality, Augmented reality, Lexicography, London culture, London history, London theatre, History of Fleet Street, Printing & Publishing, Cultural innovation, History of language, Experiential retail, Gamification, Literary avatars, and Online education

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Location: London, Middlesex N43BJ, GB