Eric Treacy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Eric Treacy

Bishop of Wakefield
Eric Treacy.jpg
At Christ Church Halifax in 1971, after a wedding
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Wakefield
In office1968 to 1976
PredecessorJohn Ramsbotham
SuccessorColin James
Other postsBishop of Pontefract (1961–1968)
Archdeacon of Halifax (1949–1961)
Ordination1932 (deacon)
c. 1933 (priest)
Personal details
Born(1907-05-02)2 May 1907
London, England
Died13 May 1978(1978-05-13) (aged 71)
Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, England
EducationHaberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Alma materKing's College London

Eric Treacy, MBE (2 June 1907 – 13 May 1978) was an English railway photographer and Anglican bishop.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Plaque to Bishop Treacy's life and work at Appleby railway station
ex-LMS black five number 45428 has been named Eric Treacy in preservation

Born in London, Treacy was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School and at King's College London, though he left without taking a degree.

Ordained ministry[edit]

In 1932 he was made a Deacon in the Church of England,[2] and also took up railway photography, being inspired by a visit to Liverpool Lime Street. His photographic work appeared in various magazines during the 1930s.

His photography was interrupted by being an army padre in the Royal Army Chaplains' Department during the Second World War. On 12 March 1940, he was commissioned as Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class (equivalent to captain).[3] By January 1946, he had been promoted to a Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class (equivalent to major).[4]

He published his first book of images in 1946. On demobilisation he became Rector of Keighley and in 1949 was appointed Archdeacon of Halifax.[5]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

In 1961, Treacy was consecrated a bishop and appointed the Bishop of Pontefract, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Wakefield. In 1968, he was made Bishop of Wakefield, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Wakefield. He held the post until he retired from full-time ministry in 1976.[6]

Death and commemoration[edit]

On 13 May 1978, Treacy died from a heart attack on Appleby Station on the Settle-Carlisle Railway waiting for a railtour hauled by BR 92220 Evening Star. A slate plaque is displayed on the main station building to his memory. He is buried at St Kentigern's Church, Crosthwaite, Keswick.

The Treacy Collection of 12,000 photographs forms part of the National Railway Museum's archive of over 1.4 million images.


On 10 May 1945, it was announced that Treacy had been Mentioned in Despatches "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe".[7] On 24 January 1946, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe".[4]

Selected works[edit]

The following are photograph albums of Treacy's work:

  • Eric Treacy. (1976) Roaming the Northern Rails ISBN 0-7110-0655-5
  • Eric Treacy (1977) Roaming the East Coast Main Line Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0812-4
  • Eric Treacy (1969) Lure of Steam Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-0098-0, 1980 reprint ISBN 0-7110-0900-7
  • Eric Treacy (1981, reprint(?) Glory of Steam Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1171-0
  • G. Freeman Allen, (1982) Great Railway Photographs by Eric Treacy Peerage Books, London
  • Whitehouse, P. B.; Allen, G. Freeman (1983). Eric Treacy: Railway Photographer. David and Charles Newton Abbott UK and North Pomfret VT USA. ISBN 0-7153-8367-1.
  • P.Whitehouse & J.Powell (1985) Treacy's Routes North
  • P.Whitehouse & J.Powell (1990) Treacy's British Rail
  • Eric Treacy (1991 reprint) Portrait of Steam ISBN 1-85648-010-0
  • Eric Treacy (1994) The Best of Eric Treacy Atlantic Transport Publishers ISBN 1-85877-007-6
  • David Jenkinson & Patrick Whitehouse (1988) Eric Treacy's LMS Oxford Publishing Company ISBN 0-86093-381-4


  1. ^ "Railway credentials". Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory,(London, Church House 1976) ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ "No. 34809". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 March 1940. p. 1462.
  4. ^ a b "No. 37442". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 January 1946. pp. 615–625.
  5. ^ "Treacy, Rt Rev. Eric". Who Was Who. 1920–2008 (December 2012 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 15 May 2013. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ Who's Who 1970 p3176 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  7. ^ "No. 37072". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 May 1945. pp. 2456–2464.

Further reading[edit]

  • Peart-Binns, John S. (1980) Eric Treacy, London, Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 0 71101039 0.

External links[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Clarkson
Bishop of Pontefract
Succeeded by
Gordon Fallows
Preceded by
John Ramsbotham
Bishop of Wakefield
Succeeded by
Colin James