He was born at Bury St Edmunds, and was admitted a pensioner at Pembroke College, Cambridge on 27 October 1777, where he matriculated in 1778. He graduated B.A. in 1782 and M.A. in 1785; he was D.D. 1803. He became a Fellow of his college in 1784.
He was tutor to John Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland, who then found him a rectory. He was victor of Scalford, Leicestershire from 1800 to 1805, and vicar of Redmile, 1800 to 1809. He was vicar of St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, from 1803 to 1810.
According to George W. E. Russell, Sparke gave so many of his best livings to his family that it was said locally that you could find your way across the Fens on a dark night "by the number of little Sparkes along the road."
- "Bowyer Sparke (SPRK777BE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- http://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/HarrattvolumeLXI-3sm.pdf, p. 15.
- "Library and Archive". Royal Society. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- George W. E. Russell, Collections & Recollections (Revised edition, Smith Elder & Co, London, 1899), at pages 70-71.
- Urban, Sylvanus (1836). "Obituary - Rt Rev B E Sparke, DD Bishop of Ely". The Gentleman's Magazine. V.
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