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About Richard Burbidge

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Who is Richard Burbidge?

Richard Burbidge, Shropshire
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Richard Burbidge OBE, the company’s chairman, is the great grandson of its founder, Mr Henry Burbidge. Based in Oswestry, Shropshire, Richard Burbidge Ltd is family owned, and a leading player in the design, manufacture and supply of timber products. It was established over 145 years ago in 1867.

Experts in quality stair parts, Richard Burbidge supplies a wide range of modern and traditional systems using timber, metal, plastics and glass, for domestic and commercial use. These are ideal for both new staircases and stair refurbishments, and will update your existing stairs. As well as staircase parts, this includes decking, porch canopies and balconies.

Richard Burbidge are renowned for their quality and workmanship and, in addition to their stair parts, offer an extensive collection of architectural moldings such as skirting boards and architraving, as well as the smaller decorative and ornamental trims like quadrants, beading, hockey stick, picture frame and a host of others.

Richard Burbidge are proud of their heritage but, at the same time, continuously strive to develop the next generation of high quality products, maintaining their position at the forefront of the industry. Their dedicated team of designers are always looking to innovate new products utilising the latest materials and design trends whilst still recognising the importance of ease of installation. Check out our Fusion and Elements contemporary ranges.



Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge - A phone call away

Please call us at Wonkee Donkee if you have any questions about your stairs project. We are always at hand to provide all the help needed for all our customers. We have the technical knowledge to advise and help at any stage of a staircase project or stair refurbishment.

Call us at Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge on 01938-557733

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Timber resourced from sustainable sources
FSC, Forest Stewardship Council logo
PEFC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification logo
ISO14001, International Standards Organisation logo

We care where our wood comes from

As you’d expect of a major timber company, Richard Burbidge are very careful about where they source their wood from. All timber used comes from legal sources, with an ever-increasing amount from certified sustainable forests, but their responsibilities go deeper than that, as they also make sure their business operations reduce their negative impact on the environment. Richard Burbidge operations are assessed to strict ISO14001 standards as part of this.

Richard Burbidge Classic stair parts collection
Fusion stair balustrade system consisting of pre-finished handrails, baserails, newels joined together with brushed nickel or chrome connectors.

Stair Parts

Immediate appeal, impressive performance

When you walk through the front door to someone’s home, unless it’s a bungalow, the first thing you tend to cast your eye upon is the staircase. That's why it's so important to create the right impression.

Choosing the staircase that fits in with the style of your home has never been easier. The latest stair parts collections by Richard Burbidge will fuel your imagination and give you all the design options you will ever need to transform your property while, at the same time, adding to its value. You will be surprised at just how affordable your new staircase can be, and how easy an new banister is to install.

Inspiration meets innovation

Incorporating premium quality timber and the superb craftsmanship for which they are renowned, Richard Burbidge's styles span the classic and contemporary ranges of stairs and staircases. With a choice between graceful curves and bold, geometric lines to reflect your personal tastes, you will always find a staircase that will match your home beautifully while making a bold statement .


The dedicated team of designers has created a range of staircases that have everything you need to enhance your home: options, flexibility, up-to-date designs and the very latest assembly methods that help make fitting easier.


Tested for Safety

Rigorous testing means that when you choose Richard Burbidge stair parts, you can be confident that they will perform, and meet the exacting standards you would expect.


Whatever exciting new innovations Richard Burbidge comes up with, quality, durability and safety are treated with as much respect and importance as the style and look so products will stand up to the job long into the future. That’s why every one is put through rigorous testing and assessment by BM TRADA & FIRA Certification Limited, the recognised authorities in timber product testing. And of course, all their stair parts are designed to satisfy the necessary domestic and commercial UK Building Regulations.

Testing Richard Burbidge stair parts to FIRA standards
BM TRADA logo ISO 14001:2004 UKAS environmental management
FIRA Furniture Industry Research Association
Your home entrance
Meeting on the stairs
Immix contemporary range
Elements contemporary range
contemporary handrail with gunmetal wall bracket and endcap fittings
contemporary handrail with chrome wall bracket and endcap fittings

How to make an entrance grand

It’s not difficult to turn your hallway into a grand entrance. Just take a look at the Richard Burbidge range of domestic and commercial stair parts, from handrails to balustrades, banisters and spindles, newel posts and baserails. Having such a huge choice of styles, materials and detail options means it has never been easier to totally transform your hallway, foyer or open space.


The same is true of the choice of outdoor decking and balustrade… and their vast selection of mouldings. With Richard Burbidge you’ll find everything you need to make that grand staircase you’ve always dreamed of.

Not so much a staircase, more a centrepiece

First impressions always count. Your staircase is no exception. It's a focal point. A central hub bursting with activity and life flowing around it day and night. It may seem like a strange way to look at stairs and staircases, but viewing the role stairs play helps us to understand the importance and significance that it demands in setting the atmosphere and style of our home.


Richard Burbidge balustrade stair parts makes updating the look of any staircase and landing easier and more affordable than might be expected. Each range is a component system made up of stair spindles or balusters, newels and newel posts, handrails, baserails and accessories. And every part is designed to perfectly match the next. So whichever option you choose, you can be sure that your visitors will be blown away with the overall effect.

New ranges

Richard Burbidge brings you two entirely new ranges and a host of beautifully designed, wall mounted handrail options to breathe new life into your staircase.


  • Immix™ combines timber rails and newels with glass panels. This system uses an innovative fixing system, making it simple to install, and would look at home anywhere from barn conversions to statement hallways.

  • Elements with glass re-invents the metal spindle/baluster option and now using glass, a range of exciting new designs options are possible - All with an ingenious fixing method. With the added option of primed spindles, you can easily colour match the infill to your surroundings.

Finally, a host of new wall mounted options in a range of finishes means that even if you have your stairs between walls you can now lift the look. Designed to be easy to fit, the range covers traditional and modern designs.

mouldings and trims from aluminium and plastic low maintenance edgings, lippings and general problem solvers
Used as decorative trims or to add finishing touches and final detail to walls, floors and furniture
typically used to hold glass in windows and doors and available in different syles
Richard Burbidge Porch Canopy range
Richard Burbidge Louvered Door range
Richard Burbidge Pineboard range
Richard Burbidge Traditional decking range
Richard Burbidge contemporary decking range

So, how long does it take to create timeless beauty?

About 140 years!

Experience is an invaluable commodity. It provides all the knowledge and skills necessary to make a job easier. And the Burbidge family have over 140 years’ worth. So, when you admire the quality and craftsmanship in any product from Richard Burbidge, it’s easy to forget the woodworking skill and sheer passion that goes into it. Both have been at the heart of the family’s business since 1867.


Today, Richard Burbidge are also committed to developing new designs and innovative systems for installation inside and outside the home; and to providing you with truly outstanding levels of individual service.


Whatever your project, together with Richard Burbidge, you can make it happen.

Richard Burbidge, more than just stairs

Richard Burbidge offer many other products besides stairs. From the humble quadrant beading, to decorative mouldings, to full height skirting boards, Richard Burbidge will always be able to deliver the finishing touches that enable your projects to stand out from the crowd. These are not just available in softwood either. With sections manufactured from hardwood, softwoods, plastic and aluminium, you're likely to find exactly what you need to finish the job.

Porch Canopies

Richard Burbidge's stylish timber Porch and Canopy kits save time and effort. Each is fully tested, and supplied with step-by-step fitting instructions.


Burbidge also make a range of Louvred doors suitable for kitchens and wardrobes, for example, and available in a wide range of sizes.


Do you require pineboard for your project? Not a problem. Perfect for all manner of DIY and construction projects, their range of pineboard allows you plenty of scope to be creative. Available in over twenty different sizes, there will be one to suit your needs.

Quality Decking

More than ever, the outdoors is an extension of our living space. And with Richard Burbidge decking and balustrade, you can make better use of your space.


From warm and welcoming places to relax to safe enclosed play areas, the choice is yours.

There’s a huge range to choose from whether you prefer the popular traditional style that looks great in any setting, the Classic™ range crafted from premium treated softwood that fits easily together, or the more modern look of the contemporary range that combines traditional materials such as hardwoods, softwoods and glass with metals for that minimalistic look, adding character to up-to-the-minute architectural design, or a modern feel that keeps in harmony with that older property.

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