In 1867 Henry Burbidge founded his woodworking company with a capital of ten shillings at the age of 40. Our family business has flourished over the years, surviving countless economic recessions, a technological revolution and two world wars – even the destruction of the factory during the Coventry Blitz was seen as just an interruption to proceedings.
Originally work involved making wooden sports equipment such as cricket stumps and croquet mallets. However, across the decades, Burbidge continually reinvented itself making a diverse range of products from timber, such as drumsticks, guitar bodies and recorders for the musical instrument market in the 1950s along with stiletto heels and wooden components for Ten Pin Bowling alleys.
As the Midlands car industry boomed in the ‘60s, our location enabled us to secure a contract manufacturing wooden parts for the Morris Traveller and even plywood components for Black & Decker Workmates.
In the early ‘70s, we introduced our first kitchen range, maximising our rich woodworking legacy and talent for design to offer a superior, solid oak option in a marketplace flooded with low budget designs.
Family has always been at the core of the Burbidge business and we are proud that this solid family framework has been a major attribute to our sustained success throughout the years.
Today with the fifth generation now at the helm, Burbidge & Son is widely recognised as one of the leading UK kitchen makers in the industry, thanks to this strong heritage.
A lovely yarn, but why does this matter to me you ask?
Above all because it demonstrates that you are in reassuringly experienced hands …
You are also buying a piece of furniture that has been carefully handmade in our workshops in the heart of the country, crafted by long-serving and highly skilled UK-based specialists.
Bespoke is in our blood; as embodied by our early order book’s breadth of specialist requirements. And our commitment to investing in the very best production equipment enables us to offer a vast collection of shapes, sizes and finishes - giving you greater scope for flexibility and creativity.
Our legacy means we have an intimate knowledge of production methods, whether incorporating intricate beading onto a shaker ash door or hand-spraying your kitchen with a bespoke colour palette that masterly reveals the beauty of our high-quality timber.
Yes, our knowledge of timber is unrivalled as a result of having worked with the material for so many decades, but our focus is also on the development of new designs and new materials for the future, sourcing interesting woods from around the world to introduce into our collections.
But don’t just take our word for the fact that a kitchen from Burbidge & Son is an exceptionally well-crafted one.
By choosing Burbidge, you can rest assured that you are investing in the highest standard of product by a British manufacturer. Testament to the quality, craftsmanship and intricate detailing that we have become trusted for over decades, we are proud to be holders of the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers – a mark of excellence in British furniture making.