Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (May 1, 1769 – September 14, 1852) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was a key military and political figure in nineteenth-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was one among the leaders that led the alliance that defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, effectively ending the Napoleonic Wars.
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 .