Eric Trapp

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The Rt Rev Eric Joseph Trapp was an Anglican Bishop in the mid 20th century.[1][2]

Born on 17 July 1910 and educated at Alderman Newton's School, Leicester, and Leeds University,[3] he was ordained after a period of study at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield 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 before his elevation 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 William Lee
Bishop of Zululand
1947 –1957
Succeeded by
Thomas Joseph Savage
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
John Armstrong
Bishop of Bermuda
1970 –1975
Succeeded by
Robert Wright Stopford