Trumpington Residents'
This is Trumpington
Trumpington today

Trumpington is primarily a residential area, plus a number of businesses. The
original heart of the village - around the High Street, Church Lane and Maris
Lane - expanded during the 20th century, with ribbon development along the
main roads and housing to the east of the High Street and to the north of Long
Road. Since 2010, there have been major housing developments to the west,
south and east of the original centre.

The area is popular with people working at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
(Addenbrooke's Hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital, etc.), Cambridge
University and science and biomedical centres such as the Wellcome Sanger

There is a nucleus of shops and pubs in the centre of the village, including a
crescent of local shops at Anstey Way. There is a Waitrose supermarket and
John Lewis service centre off Hauxton Road. There are also smaller stores on
Hobson Square and at the Trumpington Meadows local centre.

Community facilities include Trumpington Village Hall on the High Street,
Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road, and the Clay Farm Centre alongside
Hobson Square, which includes a Library and Medical Centre.

There are three local primary schools: Fawcett Primary School at the end of
Alpha Terrace; Trumpington Meadows Primary School on Osprey Drive; and
Trumpington Park Primary School on Hobson Avenue. Trumpington
Community College is on Lime Avenue. The area also has a number of private
schools, between the village and the city centre.

Through traffic was eased by the opening of M11 to the south west of the
village in the 1970s, although the growth in commuter traffic through
Trumpington into Cambridge has led to significant congestion on the main
roads. The Trumpington Park & Ride site was developed at the south west
entrance to the village in the 1990s. This is the southern terminus of the
Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which opened in August 2011.
Addenbrooke's Road opened in October 2010.

There are two large parks: Trumpington Meadows Country Park with Byron's
Pool and Hobson's Park. There is a substantial area of farmland to the west of
Trumpington Road as far as the River Cam and another green wedge on the
east side of the village, either side of Hobson's Brook and the Vicar's Brook.

The recent development of Trumpington

The Cambridge and Peterborough Structure Plan, 2003, identified land in
Trumpington which could be released from the Green Belt. The shape of
development was defined in the Cambridge Local Plan and the Southern Fringe
Area Development Framework, published by Cambridge City Council in 2006
In addition, the Cambridge Southern Fringe Area Action Plan (AAP) set out the
policy of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The City Council, District Council and County Council established a Joint
Planning Committee to take decisions on the urban extensions to Cambridge.

As an outcome of these planning changes, there have been three major housing

• Clay Farm and the Showground, to the east of the village, in the area
between Long Road, Shelford Road and the railway line (Countryside
• Trumpington Meadows, to the southwest of the village, between Hauxton
Road and the river (Grosvenor)
• Glebe Farm, to the south of the village, between Hauxton Road and Shelford
Road (Countryside Properties)

TRA Development Report published in 2004 pressed for the inclusion of
community, health and environmental facilities as part of the development.
These facilities have been incorporated in the Clay Farm and Trumpington
Meadows developments.

Another development with a major impact on Trumpington is the expansion of
the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, extending to the west from the original site
to the railway.

Trumpington in the past

There were Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman settlements in the Trumpington
area, new evidence for which has been identified during excavations on the
Clay Farm and Trumpington Meadows development sites.

By 1085, Trumpington was a thriving community, referred to in the
Domesday Book.

The oldest parts of Trumpington are along High Street, Church Lane and
Maris Lane. The Church of St Mary and St Michael and its elegant vicarage
are complemented by the Old House, Maris House, Anstey Hall and
Trumpington Hall and several buildings on High Street. Trumpington Hall has
retained a large area of parkland reaching to the river, while Anstey Hall is now
a wedding and events venue.

Trumpington remained a predominantly agricultural village until the 20th
century, with a number of farms in the village. There were herds of cattle and
flocks of sheep as well as a wide range of crops. Most men worked locally on
the farms, in the gardens and in small businesses. The leading occupation for
women was as a laundress, but there was also domestic service, particularly
for the young and single women.

See the
Trumpington Local History Group.
Map of Trumpington parish. Click on the map
for a link to an updated full size version. The
Trumpet (with thanks to Sheila Betts, Editor,
The Trumpet).
The crescent of shops, Anstey Way, 11 February 2021.
Trumpington Pavilion, 16 June 2013.
Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010, designed by Sheila Betts.
The first day of opening of the Clay Farm Centre:
Hobson Square entrance, 4 April 2018.
Hopscotch sculpture in the local centre in front of
Trumpington Meadows Primary School, 22 May 2020.
The circulation area in Trumpington Community College,
Open Evening for residents, 6 July 2016.
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Information panel at Hobson's Park, 22 July 2020.
Cowslips in Trumpington Meadows Country Park, 12
May 2016.