Tuesday 12th October 1937
Lord Nuffield (William Morris) gave £1,000,000 to Oxford University for a new College. The founder of Morris Motors Limited he also founded the Nuffield Foundation and the Nuffield Trust as well as Nuffield College, Oxford. He took his title, Lord Nuffield, from the village of Nuffield, Oxfordshire where he lived. On his death in August 1963 the ownership of his former Oxfordshire home, Nuffield Place and its contents, passed to the Nuffield College who opened it to the public on a limited basis. Although a sale had been mooted, it has now passed to the National Trust and is open to the public on a regular basis. He is also commemorated in the Morris Motors Museum at the Oxford Bus Museum. Morris also has a building named after him at Coventry University, at Guy’s Hospital London and a theatre at the University of Southampton. The baronetcy and two peerages died with him as he was childless. He was cremated, and his ashes lie in Nuffield churchyard, beside his wife’s.