Explore Independent Cambridge: Providence


With the help of Independent Cambridge - the definitive guide to ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Providence at Burwash Manor.

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‘Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.’ This quote by William Morris very neatly sums up all that you will find on a visit to Providence.

Located at Burwash Manor, the shop is filled with beautiful, as well as practical Shaker influenced furniture and other finishing items for the home.

Providence started out as cabinetmakers, producing pieces in oak and pine including freestanding kitchen dressers, larder cupboards and wardrobes – examples of which are on display in the shop. To finish their furniture in the Shaker style, owners Kathy and Tim Ritchie developed their own Providence Paint and stock this along with other quality ranges from Farrow and Ball and Myland.

Providence also has the capacity to mix colours, including RAL and NCS – in any finish and seven days a week. So, if you are a colour-enthusiast, have an up-cycling project or plan to decorate your home from floor to ceiling, Providence really should be your first port of call (parking there is free too!).

As well as the larger pieces of furniture, Providence is home to a selection of Shaker rails, shelves, cabinet hardware, knobs, handles, hooks and traditional braided rugs. Complementing all this perfectly is an allsorts mixture of equally functional yet cleverly-designed home accessories, from brooms to baskets. So, returning to the opening quote – why have an everyday potato masher when you can have one in the shape of a daisy from the sculptural Wildflower range by Bojje?

As you can see, along with functionality, Providence combines stylish forms with a dash of vintage, a splash of colour and a great sense of fun.

Mon – Fri: 9.30am-5pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 11am-4pm

Burwash Manor Barns
New Road
Cambridge CB23 7EY
01223 264666


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