William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland was a British Whig and then a Tory politician during the late Georgian era. He was Chancellor of Oxford University from 1792 to 1809, as well as the 15th Prime Minister of Great Britain (1783) and then of the United Kingdom (1807–1809). The 26-year gap between his two terms as Prime Minister is the longest of any British Prime Minister. He was also King Charles III's fourth great-grandfather through his great-granddaughter Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.


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 .

October 31, 2022