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Papers of Sir Godfrey Nicholson and other Nicholson family papers, 1910-1992


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  • Creation: 1910-1992

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Nicholson 106-114, MS. Nicholson Photogr. 11

Biographical / Historical

Godfrey Nicholson (1901-1991) was a member of the Nicholson family who founded the gin distillers, J. & W. Nicholson and Co. He was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford.

Nicholson was elected Conservative M.P. for Morpeth in 1931, holding the seat until 1935. He contested the 1937 Farnham by-election and won the seat for the Conservative Party, serving until his retirement from politics in 1966. In 1936 he married Lady Katharine Constance Lindsay (d.1972), a daughter of the 27th Earl of Crawford. Emma Nicholson (b.1941) is the third of their four daughters.

Nicholson served as a captain in the Royal Fusiliers from 1939 to 1942 and was subsequently a captain in the Home Guard. He was made a baronet in 1958. He was Chairman of the Friends of Friendless Churches, 1962-1988, and the St. Birinus Group Hospital Management Committee, 1966-1974, and President of the British Association of Parascending Clubs, 1973-1981.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom