Edward Trollope

Edward Trollope (15 April 1817 – 10 December 1893) was an antiquary and an Anglican Bishop of Nottingham in the Victorian era.[1]

Edward Trollope
Suffragan Bishop of Nottingham
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Term ended1893
PredecessorHenry Mackenzie
SuccessorNot replaced
Personal details
DenominationChurch of England

Family backgroundEdit

Trollope was born at Uffington, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, on 15 April 1817, the sixth son of Sir John Trollope, of Casewick Hall, Uffington, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Henry Thorold of Cuxwold, Lincolnshire. He was thus second cousin to the writer Anthony Trollope, as well as a cousin to future Bishop of Winchester, Anthony Wilson Thorold.


Educated at Eton College and at Christ Church, Oxford,[2][3] Trollope returned to Lincolnshire to become vicar of Rauceby in 1841. In 1843, his maternal relative, Sir John Thorold, appointed him to the rectory of Leasingham, Lincolnshire, and he held this living for fifty years. In 1867, he was collated to the archdeaconry of Stow. The high point of his career in the church came in 1877, when he was made Bishop of Nottingham. It was to a large extent the result of Trollope’s hard work as a fundraiser that the new see of Southwell, was established in 1884.[4] Despite Trollope's efforts at the restoration of the Great Hall, next to Southwell Minster,[5] as a Bishop's Palace, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners thought it unfit for purpose and the first Bishop of Southwell lived for a time at Thurgarton Priory.[6] Though Nottingham was included in the new Diocese of Southwell, Trollope retained the See of Nottingham and remained suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Lincoln until his death.[7]

Antiquarian and historical interestsEdit

Trollope was particularly interested in architecture and antiquities. He became a member of the Lincolnshire Diocesan Architectural Society in 1855, and became its editorial secretary in 1857 and its Chairman in 1867.[8] He was an active writer and researcher with several books and many articles published. He is now mainly remembered as the author of Sleaford and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln (1872). He also wrote a life of Pope Adrian IV (1856), a manual of sepulchral memorials (1858), a work on ancient and medieval labyrinths and turf mazes (1858),[9] and genealogies of the Thorold and Trollope families (1874 and 1875).

Personal lifeEdit

Trollope married twice, and had two daughters by his first marriage. He died at his home, Leasingham Rectory, on 10 December 1893, and was buried at Leasingham on 14 December.[10]


  1. ^ "Notts History". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
  2. ^ Who was Who 1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ "University And Clerical Intelligence. Oxford, Jan. 1. (Official Appointments and Notices)", The Times, 3 January 1842; p. 3; Issue 17870; col E.
  4. ^ Beckett, J. V. (2003). "Edward Trollope, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Founding of the Diocese of Southwell in 1884". In Beckett, J. V. (ed.). Nottinghamshire Past: essays in honour of Adrian Henstock. Cardiff.
  5. ^ Southwell Minster
  6. ^ Thurgarton
  7. ^ "in memoriam: the Bishop of Nottingham". Church Times (#1612). 15 December 1893. p. 1295. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 13 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  8. ^ Leach, T. R. (1992). "Edward Trollope and the Lincoln Diocesan Architectural Society". In Sturman, C. (ed.). Some Historians of Lincolnshire. Occasional Papers in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. 9. Lincoln: Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
  9. ^ "Notices of Ancient and Medieval Labyrinths". Archaeological Journal. 15: 216–35. doi:10.1080/00665983.1858.10851077.
  10. ^ The Times, 1 January 1894; p. 14; Issue 34149; col A "Obituary for 1893".

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Suffragan Bishop of Nottingham
1877 –1893
Succeeded by
Not replaced