Anthony Sparrow
Bishop of Norwich
Bp Anthony Sparrow.jpg
In office1676–1685 (death)
PredecessorEdward Reynolds
SuccessorWilliam Lloyd
Other post(s)Bishop of Exeter (1667–1676)
Personal details
Bornbaptized (1612-05-07)7 May 1612
Died19 May 1685(1685-05-19) (aged 73)
Bishop's Palace, Norwich
BuriedBishop's Palace, Norwich
Susan Querall
(m. 1645)
Alma materQueens' 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

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]



  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
Church of England titles Preceded bySeth Ward Bishop of Exeter 1667–1676 Succeeded byThomas Lamplugh Preceded byEdward Reynolds Bishop of Norwich 1676–1685 Succeeded byWilliam Lloyd