Anthony Sparrow

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Anthony Sparrow
Bishop of Norwich
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See Diocese of Norwich
In office 1676–1685
Predecessor Edward Reynolds
Successor William Lloyd
Personal details
Born 1612
Died 19 May 1685
Previous post Bishop of Exeter

Anthony Sparrow (1612 – 19 May 1685) was an English Anglican priest. He was Bishop of Norwich and Bishop of Exeter.[1]


He 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] In his will, he left £100 to the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.[1]


  • 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard J. Ginn and Sean Kelsey, ‘Sparrow, Anthony (1612–1685)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  2. "Sparrow, Anthony (SPRW625A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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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