Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845) was a British Whig politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1830 to 1834. He belonged to the noble House of Grey.
Grey was a long-time reform movement leader, and his government implemented two noteworthy reforms during his tenure as Prime Minister. The Reform Act of 1832 initiated parliamentary reform, resulting in a significant increase in the electorate of the House of Commons. The Slavery End Act of 1833 resulted in the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire, with slave-owners receiving compensation.
In the 1790s, Grey was a vocal opponent of William Pitt the Younger's foreign and domestic policies. In 1807, he resigned as foreign secretary in protest of George III's unwavering opposition to Catholic emancipation. Grey eventually resigned as prime minister in 1834 because to cabinet differences about Ireland, and departed from politics. Scholars see him as one of the greatest British prime ministers, claiming that he prevented considerable civil unrest and facilitated Victorian progress.
Earl Grey tea may be named after him.
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 .