Eric Trapp

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Eric Joseph Trapp (17 July 1910 – 8 September 1993) was an Anglican bishop in the mid 20th century.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born on 17 July 1910 and educated at Alderman Newton's School, Leicester, and Leeds University,[3] He undertook a period of study at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield to prepare for ordination.

Ordained ministry[edit]

He was ordained in 1935.[4] Following a curacy at St Olave’s, Mitcham[5] he emigrated to South Africa where he was director of the Masite Mission, Basutoland then rector of St Augustine’s Bethlehem, Orange Free State. Next he was rector of St John’s, Maseru then a canon of Bloemfontein Cathedral

He was appointed to the Episcopate as the seventh bishop of Zululand in 1947,[6] a post he held for ten years. He was then secretary of the SPG[7] until 1970 when he was appointed the fifth bishop of Bermuda,[8] a post he held for five years.

In retirement he served as an assistant bishop within the Diocese of St Albans. He died on 8 September 1993.


  1. ^ University of the Witwatersrand papers
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1940-41 Oxford, OUP, 1941
  5. ^ Church web site
  6. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Zululand The Times Tuesday, Nov 26, 1946; pg. 7; Issue 50618; col D
  7. ^ The Times, Aug 03, 1957; pg. 8; Issue 53910; col C Ecclesiastical news
  8. ^ Trapp family history
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Albert Lee
Bishop of Zululand
Succeeded by
Tom Savage
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
John Armstrong
Bishop of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Robert Stopford