Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister from October 1963 to October 1964. He was the last Prime Minister to occupy office while a member of the House of Lords, before surrendering his peerage and taking a seat in the House of Commons for the duration of his premiership. His reputation, however, is based more on his two terms as Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom than on his brief tenure as Prime Minister.
Founded in 1773 , by Joseph & William Wickwar , Wickwar started as a luxury paper mill outside Newbury . In 1786 HMSO was founded and Joseph Wickwar won the contract to supply paper to Parliament .
In 1788 Joseph partnered with Joseph Bramah to produce luxury Despatch boxes for Royalty & Government and went on to produce in excess of 5,000 boxes and became the premier supplier of the Iconic red box .
The simple design of the famous Gladstone Box continues today & Wickwar manufacturers around 100 boxes per year using traditional skills & tools from its workshop in London .