Colchester Borough Homes celebrates new artwork at Grymes Dyke Court
Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) is delighted to unveil a new artwork at Grymes Dyke Court that has been chosen by residents. The artwork is a vibrant and colourful mural that will brighten up the communal entrance space.
The mural depicts Boudica, the legendary Celtic warrior queen, with the historic Grymes Dyke as a backdrop. This powerful image reflects the results of three design consultations with residents at Grymes Dyke Court. The idea for a mural itself originated with CBH’s Assistant Housing Officer, Will Briggs.
Grymes Dyke is a significant local landmark, a defensive Iron Age earthwork. Its purpose is debated by archaeologists, but it may have played a role in the area’s defences. The residents’ chosen design incorporates this important piece of local history and heritage.
The mural, created by talented CBH employee Sarah Jones in her spare time, is the result of four months of work.
Sarah said: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the residents of Grymes Dyke Court on this piece.
“All of the residents have been incredibly supportive and it’s rewarding for me to be able to bring their ideas to life and give them something to brighten up the space and make them feel proud of where they live.
“We worked together to develop a design that would reflect the local area’s rich history and incorporate their powerful choice of Boudica as the central figure.
“It’s been great to be able to bring together my work at CBH with my passion for art and creativity. I hope the mural serves as a source of pride and enjoyment for everyone for many years to come.”
Grymes Dyke Court resident Margaret Harkin said: “I’m delighted that Grymes Dyke Court now displays a beautiful mural of Queen Boudica depicting her as a strong, fearless warrior. The mural highlights the historical importance of the area and will stand for years for all to see and admire.”
Adding to the excitement, the mural was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Lesley Scott-Boutell on a visit to the scheme on 10 July.
Philip Sullivan, Chief Executive of CBH, said: “We are thrilled to see Sarah’s beautiful artwork on display at Grymes Dyke Court. This project is a fantastic example of Colchester Borough Homes’ commitment to engage with its local communities. The Grymes Dyke Court mural is part of a program of art installations and exhibitions we are planning for the scheme, fostering a vibrant and welcoming environment for residents.
“Sarah’s talent and dedication are truly inspiring, and the mural is a wonderful example of how art can create positive change.
“We were also honoured to have the Mayor join us for the unveiling.”

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