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About Quiz # 335: Morris in Temple Cowley


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Many answers came in from those who identified last week's picture as the Morris factory. It was William Richard Morris who rented the former Oxford Military College in 1912 to establish the Cowley Motor Works. But here the trouble starts... one of the questions was: in what village did Morris start? Almost all mentioned that the village was Cowley, but in truth its name was Temple Cowley. Together with the villages Cowley St John (also known as "Church Cowley") and Cowley itself the three villages merged into the town named Cowley. Only three entrants had this correct: Daniel Reuben, Ariejan Bos and Mike Costigan. From these three the answer by Ariejan was most complete as he also came up with a period arial photo (see Read More for his answer). Well done, Ariejan, the famous PreWarCar T-shirt will be on its way! (the watercolour eas made by motoring artist F.T. Steerwood and was published on the cover of Autocar, March 27, 1931).

The winning answer by Ariejan Bos:
"William Morris (1877-1963) started a cycle shop early 1890's in Oxford, where he repaired as well manufactured cycles (which he actually raced himself in cycling matches). With his friend James Cooper he started producing motor cycles in 1902. After renting cars from his Morris-Garage he started producing automobiles in 1912 in an old military school in Temple Cowley near Oxford. The production facility reached the size of the quiz picture around 1930. By the way, the last text line on the factory image should read: Buy British and be proud of it."

Other entrants who correctly identified the Morris factory:

Donald van Mourik
Callum Walsh
Daniel Y. Reuben
Kaspars Dortāns
Fred de Mol
Austin Gee
Terry Brown
Ralph Cook
Mike Costigan
Howard Morgan
Rob Ronky
Craig Gillingham
Ryan

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