Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757, was a Georgian-era British Whig statesman. He is one of only a few dukes to have served as the 11th Prime Minister. He became Prime Minister in 1768 at the age of 33, leading William Pitt's followers, and was the youngest person to hold the office until William Pitt the Younger was appointed 15 years later. However, following the nation's victory in the Seven Years' War, he struggled to demonstrate an ability to counter increasing challenges to Britain's global dominance. He stepped down in 1770, turning over control to Lord North, after being harshly chastised for allowing France to conquer Corsica.


About Wickwar

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 .

October 29, 2022