Anthony Sparrow

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The Right Reverend
Anthony Sparrow
Bishop of Norwich
Bp Anthony Sparrow.jpg
Diocese Norwich
In office 1676–1685 (death)
Predecessor Edward Reynolds
Successor William Lloyd
Other posts Bishop of Exeter (1667–1676)
Personal details
Born baptized (1612-05-07)7 May 1612
Depden, Suffolk
Died 19 May 1685(1685-05-19) (aged 73)
Bishop's Palace, Norwich
Buried Bishop's Palace, Norwich
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Susan Querall (m. 1645)
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge

Anthony Sparrow (1612–1685) was an English Anglican priest. He was Bishop of Norwich and Bishop of Exeter.[1]


Born in 1612, Sparrow was educated and became a fellow at Queens' College, Cambridge, and was ordained a priest in February 1635.[2] He was an adherent to the Laudianism movement. In April 1644 under the parliamentarian purge of the university, he was ejected for non-residence by Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester.[1] In 1647, he was ejected from rectory of Hawkedon for using the outlawed Book of Common Prayer. Following the Restoration, he was reinstated in 1660; and held the post of Archdeacon of Sudbury from then until 1667. In 1667, he became Bishop of Exeter and in 1676 he was promoted to bishop of Norwich.[1] He died on 19 May 1685. In his will, he left £100 to the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.[1]

Marriage and progeny[edit]

He married and left at his death several daughters as his co-heiresses, one of whom was Joan Sparrow (d.1703), wife of Edward Drew (d.1714) of The Grange, Broadhembury, Devon, a Canon of Exeter Cathedral.[3]


  • A Sermon Concerning Confession of Sins, and the Power of Absolution (1637)
  • A Rationale on the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England (1655)
  • "A Collection of Articles, Injunctions, Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions Ecclesiastical, with other Publik Records of The Church of England, Chiefly in the Times of K. Edward. VIth. Q. Elizabeth. and K. James." ...Published to Vindicate The Church of England and to promote Uniformity and peace in the same. (1661; London, Printed by R. Norton for Timothy Garthwait at the Little North-doore of St. Paul's Church 1661)


  1. ^ a b c d Ginn, Richard J; Kelsey, Sean (2004). "Sparrow, Anthony (1612–1685)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26086. 
  2. ^ "Sparrow, Anthony (SPRW625A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.307, pedigree of Drew

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Seth Ward
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Thomas Lamplugh
Preceded by
Edward Reynolds
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
William Lloyd