Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (13 May 1730 – 1 July 1782), was a British Whig statesman best known as the 9th and 13th Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was a leading Whig grandee and sponsor of many Whigs, known as the Rockingham Whigs. He held only two high offices during his lifetime (Prime Minister and Leader of the House of Lords), but he wielded considerable power during his one and a half years in office.


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