John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (August 17, 1792 – May 28, 1878), known as Lord John Russell before 1861, was a British Whig and Liberal leader who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1846 to 1852 and again from 1865 to 1866.
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 .