Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010, designed by Sheila Betts.
Trumpington Local History Group
Public Art: Wilson Court and
Lingrey Court, Anstey Way
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In 2018-20, the Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) developed 56
council rented apartments - named Wilson Court and Lingrey Court -
between Anstey Way and Lingrey Court. This project replaced 26 council
homes which had been built in the 1950s. As part of the project, Sarah
Sabin was commissioned to develop
a public art feature: groups of tiles
around the entrances to the apartments, unveiled on 2 July 2020. This is
part of the
Resonance-Cambridge project (Anstey Way).
Unveiling the art works on Wilson Court and Lingrey Court, Anstey Way: Sarah
Sabin, artist, Councillor Richard Johnson, Shameem Khan, Head of Fawcett
School, Tom Hill, Director of Hill Group, and Andrew Roberts, Trumpington
Residents' Association and Trumpington Local History Group. Photo: Hill Group,
2 July 2020.
Sarah Sabin at the unveiling of the art works on Wilson Court and
Lingrey Court, Anstey Way. Photo: Hill Group, 2 July 2020.
Sarah Sabin

I am an artist based in Colchester, Essex, and was delighted to be appointed to design the
entrance tiling for the new Anstey Way development for Cambridge Investment Partnership
(CIP).

My interests lie in sites and places, and what is under the surface, so to speak, and so I was keen
to explore the history of the area, in particular the history of farming and the Plant Breeding
Institute. I contacted the Trumpington Local History Group to learn more.

Trumpington conveys a sense that it is a nurturing place in which to live, with existing residents
welcoming newcomers into the community; a community that continue to flourish. The
allotments and community orchard are part of this. I wanted to focus on conveying all these
aspects in the art work, and working with the local community to achieve this.

Working with two classes from Fawcett Primary School. The children investigated the themes of
growing and community through talking, exploring the allotments and local area, and making in
various ways; from cyanotypes of plants cuttings; plaster relief tablets, and handmade paper on
which they wrote words about their village.

Members of the Local History Group kindly gave their time to share images past and present,
and members of the Residents' Association, and other community groups attended creative
workshops, and community events where they were also able to provide feedback at various
stages of the design process.  

The creation of cyanotypes of local plant life formed the base of the artwork design to be used
on each of the eight entrances. I also wanted each entrance at Anstey Way to have an individual
identity which related to different aspects of Trumpington, so these aspects are digitally
manipulated and embedded in the base design which has been fired permanently onto the tiles
around the entrance.

I have named the work, ‘Old roots, new shoots’. It is wonderful to see it finally in situ. I’m going
to miss visiting Trumpington.
Unveiling the art works on Wilson Court and Lingrey Court, Anstey
Way: Sarah Sabin, artist. Photo: Hill Group, 2 July 2020.
Sarah Sabin at the unveiling of the art works on Wilson Court and
Lingrey Court, Anstey Way. Photo: Hill Group, 2 July 2020.
The entrances are as follows:

Plant Breeding Institute: the work of the nearby (now closed) Plant Breeding Institute, to
develop crops such as the Maris Piper potato, and explore disease resistance, is featured on this
entrance.
Allotments: this has tools, eggs, plant pots, bees and other objects amongst the vegetation
printed onto the tiles.
Community Orchard: within the design, there are various fruits and blossoms from the
community orchard fruit trees, along with images of swifts.
River and Nature: the local nature reserve and river are featured through the fish, plant, bird
and insect life that can be found.
Archaeology: some local archaeological discoveries, such as the cross, ceramic vessels and parts
of a bed, have been scattered through the design.
School: the pupils from Fawcett Primary School created plaster tablets using toys and various
objects to depict the growing nature of their village, which were included in the design.
Wilson Brothers: this commemorates three local brothers who were killed in the First World
War.
Historical features/village signage: features deconstructed aspects of the village sign and
milestones.
Left: Shameem Khan, Head of Fawcett School, and Sarah Sabin, artist.
Right: opening Wilson Court and Lingrey Court, Anstey Way:
Councillor Richard Johnson. Photo: Andrew Roberts, 2 July 2020.