Herbert Henry Asquith, abbreviated H. H. Asquith was a Liberal Party politician and British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. He was the most recent Liberal prime minister to command a majority government, as well as the most recent Liberal leader of the opposition. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of significant liberal laws, as well as the decrease of the House of Lords' influence. Asquith led the United Kingdom and the British Empire into World War I in August 1914. He created a coalition administration with other parties but was unable to appease opponents and was forced to resign in December 1916, never to return to power.
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 .