Edited by Andrew Roberts
The latest stage in Trumpington’s history: 2001 to the present, urban growth including transport links, housing developments, new primary and secondary schools, community facilities and green spaces. One of a series of pages with Trumpington’s timeline.
2001 census, population of Trumpington Ward 6554 (note that the ward is a larger area than the parish, reaching north into Cambridge, so the figure is not comparable to censuses pre-1931).
Sources of information: National Statistics.
Construction of the Trumpington Park & Ride site on part of the former PBI/Monsanto land to the west of Hauxton Road. The site was selected after a lengthy search. It opened in November 2001.
Sources of information: Trumpington Local History Group (2000). 20th Century Trumpington , page 64.
Opening of a Branch Surgery in Beverley Way on land to the rear of the Village Hall, part of the Trumpington Street Medical Practice.
Sources of information: Local History Group web page: History of the Village Hall, the 2000s
Publication of Trumpington Local History Group’s Trumpington Past & Present. Local History Group web page: Group publications.
Reflecting its concern that impending housing developments should be of benefit to all of Trumpington, the Trumpington Residents’ Association published a report on the future of the area, with proposals for a community centre, schools, a medical practice and biodiversity. The report had a positive influence of planners and developers.
Sources of information: Trumpington Residents’ Association (2004). Future Development of a Historically Important Parish.
31 January 2005
Designation of Byron’s Pool as a Local Nature Reserve.
Sources of information: Information panel at Byron’s Pool (December 2010).
Publication of a development framework for the southern fringe of Cambridge focused on Trumpington. After two years of consultation, this provided planning guidance to the councils and developers putting forward plans for new housing and infrastructure around Trumpington. It formed the starting point for the planning applications for Trumpington Meadows, Glebe Farm and Clay Farm. The report has detailed information about the area.
Sources of information: Cambridge City Council (2006), Cambridge Southern Fringe Area Development Framework.
The end of farming on the Clay Farm and the Showground sites, when the land is sold for housing development (further crops are grown in 2009 when the housing plans are delayed).
Local History Group web page: Farms and farming in Trumpington.
Opening of Trumpington Community Orchard at the eastern end of Trumpington Allotments, off Foster Road. Over a number of years, the site had been cleared of debris, bird and bat boxes had been erected in the cherry thicket and a hedgerow had been laid. The area was then planted with 19 Cambridgeshire Heritage apple trees and two plum trees. It was officially opened by the Mayor of Cambridge on 4 May 2008.
Sources of information: Trumpington Community Orchard Web site.
Trumpington Residents’ Association (TRA) becomes a company limited by guarantee (and a registered charity in October 2010).
Sources of information: Trumpington Residents’ Association (TRA web site).
Opening of the redeveloped Trumpington Pavilion by the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Russ McPherson. The Pavilion was managed by the TRA on behalf of Cambridge City Council.
Sources of information: Trumpington Pavilion opening weekend (TRA web site).
Revision of the Parliamentary Boundary, Trumpington transferred from South Cambridgeshire to Cambridge City, Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrat) elected MP.
Sources of information: List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Cambridgeshire (Wikipedia).
The Parish Church Bakehouse was opened on 3 October 2010. The building once formed part of the old vicarage outbuildings and was refurbished to include a church office and a meeting space.
Sources of information: Trumpington Parish Church Web site.
The Trumpington Conservation Area was extended on 5 October 2010 (first designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 2 July 1998).
Sources of information: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning and Trumpington Conservation Area Appraisal and Map.
Opening of Addenbrooke’s Road, linking Hauxton Road, Shelford Road and Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The road also provides access to the Glebe Farm and Clay Farm housing development areas.
Sources of information: Local History Group web page: Opening of Addenbrooke’s Road
Opening of Fawcett Children’s Centre at Fawcett School, 13 November 2010, in the presence of Julian Huppert MP, City Councillor Sheila Stuart and County Councillor Linda Oliver. The Centre was part of the Sure Start network of services for young children and their parents.
Local History Group web page: History of Fawcett School.
There was a local celebration of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday 29 April 2011. This was held at Trumpington Pavilion, with activities in the hall and playing field. The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart, took part in the events, while being interviewed for her views on the designation of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which had been announced that morning.
Local History Group web page: Royal Wedding celebration, 29 April 2011.
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway opened on Sunday 7 August 2011 and services started in the Trumpington area on Monday 8 August 2011. The route through Trumpington follows the line of the former Bedford-Cambridge railway from Trumpington Park & Ride site to Cambridge station with a branch to Adenbrooke’s Hospital.
Sources of information: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, Busway web site.
Local History Group web page: How the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway came to Trumpington, Peter Dawson.
Opening of the fish pass at Byron’s Pool, 25 August 2011. When the weir was reconstructed in 1949, it cut off the upper part of the River Cam: the fish pass enables fish (including minnows, chub and brown trout) to bypass the weir. It was formed along the route of an existing drainage channel. Project led by Ellis Selway, Community Reserves Officer, Cambridge City Council.
Sources of information: Ellis Selway and information panel at the weir.
A number of local events were held over the long weekend of 2-5 June 2012, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. These included Denis Wilson Court, 2 June, Big Lunch, Trumpington Pavilion, 3 June, Street Party, Wingate Way and Wingate Close, 5 June.
Local History Group web page: Local Celebrations of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, June 2012.
Occupation of the first homes in the major development areas of Trumpington Meadows, Glebe Farm and Clay Farm. Contracts were exchanged for the first houses to be occupied on the Trumpington Meadows development in August 2012, followed by homes on Glebe Farm and Clay Farm.
Source of information: Trumpington Residents’ Association, Vicky Hathrell, Cambridge City Council.
Work started on the construction of Trumpington Meadows Primary School with a turf-cutting ceremony at the site to the west of the John Lewis building, 10 September 2012. The County Council was represented by Councillor John Powley (Chair) and the school by teachers (Judith Osler and Jo Chrich) and pupils from Fawcett School.
Source of information: Jenny Blackhurst and The Trumpington Federation schools.
Trumpington Meadows Primary School opened on 5 September 2013, with the first pupils transferring from Fawcett School.
Source of information: Trumpington Meadows Primary School.
7 July 2014
Day 3 of the 2014 Tour de France, 7 July 2014: the race started in Cambridge, and came along Trumpington Road, Trumpington High Street and Shelford Road, before continuing to London. Local roads were closed from 7 am and the race came past at 12:30 pm.
Local History Group web page: The Tour de France in Trumpington , July 2014.
Occupation of the first homes in the northern part of the Clay Farm development, the Aura development off Long Road.
Source of information: Trumpington Residents’ Association, Vicky Hathrell, Cambridge City Council.
Trumpington’s Fallen Heroes of World War I, written by Ken Fletcher, was published by the Trumpington Local History Group in October 2014. The booklet was in memory of the soldiers from Trumpington who lost their lives in the Great War, published 100 years after the start of the War.
Local History Group web page: Trumpington’s Fallen Heroes, October 2014.
Completion of 1000 homes in the new developments of Trumpington Meadows, Glebe Farm and Clay Farm, with a 1000th Homes celebration at Trumpington Meadows Primary School, 25 January 2015.
Source of information: Trumpington Neighbourhood Team.
Completion of work by Cambridge City Council to renovate the surroundings of Trumpington War Memorial, 16 February 2015.
Source of information: David Ifould, Cambridge City Council.
Local History Group web page: Trumpington War Memorial.
A major extension to Fawcett Primary School opened to the east of the original building.
Source of information: Fawcett Primary School.
Trumpington Meadows County Park and Nature Reserve officially opened on 11 June 2016, with a Discovery Day. The park is managed by the Wildlife Trust.
Source of information: Wildlife Trust: Trumpington Meadows; TRA page: Trumpington Meadows Country Park.
Trumpington Community College opened in its new buildings on Lime Avenue at the beginning of the autumn term. It was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester on 23 September 2016.
Source of information: Trumpington Community College.
On 1 April 2017, the land within South Cambridgeshire District Council between the City Council boundary and Hauxton Mill was transferred from Haslingfield parish into the new civil parish of South Trumpington (the area between the City boundary and the M11) and Hauxton parish (the area between the M11 and Hauxton Mill). South Trumpington parish includes part of the Trumpington Meadows housing development, Trumpington Meadows Primary School and Trumpington Meadows Country Park.
Source of information: South Trumpington Parish.
Trumpington Park Primary School opened in September 2017, alongside Hobson Avenue, between Addenbrooke’s Road and Hobson Square. The School is part of the Cambridge Primary Education Trust. This is the third primary school in Trumpington.
Source of information: Trumpington Park Primary School; TRA: Trumpington Park Primary School.
The Anglo-Saxon gold and garnet ‘Trumpington Cross’ found in 2011 during the Trumpington Meadows excavation was donated to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Downing Street. The cross and other items from the bed burial went on temporary display.
Source of information: University of Cambridge; Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
A Cambridge Blue Plaque celebrating the life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) was unveiled at the Guildhall on 6 February 2018 and subsequently placed with the earlier Blue Plaque to Henry Fawcett (1833-84) on 18 Brookside. The grave and headstone of Henry Fawcett in Trumpington Churchyard has also been restored.
Source of information: Cambridge Blue Plaques; see also the meeting on 10 May 2018.
The Clay Farm Centre opened on 4 April 2018, after preliminary events in March 2018. The Clay Farm Library and the community hall and rooms opened at this point, with the café and medical practice following shortly afterwards. The City Council and County Council took the lead in developing the community facilities that would be needed to support an enlarged community. From 2011, a Project Board developed the concept of the Centre, selected the architects, worked with the architects on the detailed design, selected the builders and followed through the construction process and fit out. The Centre is managed by the City Council.
Source of information: Clay Farm Centre; TRA: Clay Farm Centre.
The Trumpington Local History Group produced an exhibition about The Changing Face of Trumpington, with the support of the Clay Farm Centre. The seven information panels were on display in the The Clay Farm Centre during the preliminary events in March 2018 and when the Clay Farm Library opened in April 2018.
Source of information: Changing Face of Trumpington: opening of the display; Changing Face of Trumpington web pages.
The first patients were admitted to the new Royal Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus on 1 May 2019 and it was opened by the Queen on 9 July 2019.
Source of information: Royal Papworth Hospital.
All aspects of life in Trumpington were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020, with periods of lockdown and the need for residents to isolate; queuing to go into food shops, using hand sanitiser and wearing face coverings; the closure of play areas, parks, schools and community facilities; and the desire to recognise the work of staff in the health service and other essential services.
Trumpington Food Hub opened at Trumpington Pavilion, initially twice a week then once a week on Fridays. It initially had two aims: to provide food for those who self-identify as being “in need”; and to redistribute surplus food which would otherwise go to waste. The Food Hub was supported by the Trumpington Residents’ Association (TRA), local councils, councillors, volunteers, local companies, grants and donors. As we recovered from the pandemic, from 2022 the Food Hub continued to distribute food in response to the cost of living and energy crisis.
Source of information: TRA News page.
On 23 November 2021, Prince Charles opened the AstraZeneca headquarters building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Trumpington celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a series of events held in June 2022.
Local History Group page: Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
75th Anniversary of Trumpington Allotment Society, Open Day at the Foster Road site on 9 July 2022.