George Canning was a British Tory statesman who lived from 11 April 1770 to 8 August 1827. He served in a variety of senior cabinet positions under several prime ministers, including two important terms as Foreign Secretary, before becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the final 119 days of his life, from April to August 1827.
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 .