Edward George Geoffrey Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (29 March 1799 – 23 October 1869), known as Edward Stanley before 1834 and Lord Stanley from 1834 to 1851, was a British statesman, three-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the longest-serving leader of the Conservative Party to date. He was the heir to one of the country's oldest, wealthiest, and most prominent families. He is one of just four British prime ministers to have served for three or more terms. His ministry, however, each lasted fewer than two years, for a total of three years and 280 days. Derby established the Irish state education system and overhauled Parliament.
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 .