Why Sir William Morris (aka Lord Nuffield)?

“I cannot think of a more worthy man to celebrate in a motoring lodge than Lord Nuffield”

Christopher Wagstaff, Primus Master Designate

A motoring pioneer – Morris, MG, and Nuffield are just a few of the brands he brought us

Lord Nuffield moved to Oxford when he was 3, and after having started repairing and then building bicycles, created the Bullnose Morris car in Oxford in 1912.

In 1929 he started building MGs in Abingdon, at that time in Berkshire (and masonically speaking it still is).

His production methods, and vision made him the most successful British car manufacturer.

He lived in Nuffield, Oxfordshire and his house is now a National Trust building open to the public.

Freemasonry and charity

The lodge building at Woodstock, home of Alfred Lodge 340 that William Morris joined in 1907.

Sir William Morris gave approaching £2 billion in today’s terms to charity.

In 1907 he was admitted into Oxfordshire’s oldest lodge, Alfred Lodge No.340, (which still meets today in Woodstock) as a joining member, having been initiated as a Freemason into Townley Parker Lodge No.1083 in Lancs.

He remained a member of Alfred Lodge until his death in 1963, a freemason for almost 60 years.

His philanthropic donations were immense and far reaching, including Nuffield College Oxford, Nuffield Health, The Sea Scouts, the list goes on…

Lord Nuffield has been described as the architect of the British motor industry as it now is, but it is as a man rather than an industrialist that he will best be remembered. Vast wealth, which his outstanding business abilities brought him, was recognised by Lord Nuffield as imposing a great responsibility. The world will remember him for the splendid way in which he discharged the duties he believed wealth brought with it.