Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) was a British Conservative Party politician who dominated the government of the United Kingdom between the world wars, serving as prime minister on three occasions, from May 1923 to January 1924, November 1924 to June 1929, and June 1935 to May 1937.

Baldwin was born into a rich family in Bewdley, Worcestershire, and attended Hawtreys, Harrow School, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the family iron and steel manufacturing firm and was elected to the House of Commons as the member for Bewdley in 1908, succeeding his father Alfred. He was Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1917-1921) and President of the Board of Trade (1921-1922) in David Lloyd George's coalition ministry and then rose quickly: in 1922, Baldwin was one of the prime movers in withdrawing Conservative support from Lloyd George; he later became Chancellor of the Exchequer in Bonar Law's Conservative ministry. Baldwin became prime minister and head of the Conservative Party after Law resigned for health reasons in May 1923. In December 1923, he called a tariff election and lost the Conservatives' parliamentary majority, prompting Ramsay MacDonald to form a minority Labour government.

About Wickwar

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 .


November 02, 2022