Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton (10 February 1894 – 29 December 1986) was a British Conservative statesman and politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963. Caricatured as "Supermac", he was known for his pragmatism, wit and unflappability.
During the First World War, Macmillan was severely injured as an infantry officer. He was in discomfort and was somewhat immobile for the rest of his life. Following the war, he joined his family's book publishing business before being elected to Parliament in the 1924 general election. After losing his seat in 1929, he regained it in 1931, shortly after which he spoke out against Stockton-on-Tees' high unemployment rate. He was opposed to the Conservative government's appeasement of Germany. As a protégé of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he climbed to high office during WWII. Under Anthony Eden, Macmillan served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1950s.
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 .