William Pitt the Younger (28 May 1759 – 23 January 1806) was a British statesman who served as the youngest and last prime minister of the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Ireland) before the Acts of Union in 1800. He left office in March 1801, but returned to the post from 1804 until his death in 1806. He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer during his entire tenure as Prime Minister. To distinguish himself from his father, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, who had previously served as Prime Minister and is referred to as "William Pitt the Elder," he is known as "Pitt the Younger" (or "Chatham" by historians).
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 .