The church houses a wide collection of artworks from different periods. The most recent being a 1997 gift by Lewes artist Michael Cooper of the Crucifixion as an oil on canvas. Other exhibits include a copy of the Cliffe Charter and a water-colour of the church interior from the 19th century; a Spanish rendition of The Ascension dated 1645 (previously thought to be Italian) by a follower of Guido Reni, presented to the church in 1779 by V Vander Guchtius; and a painting of St Wilfred (who brought Christianity to Sussex) by Edward F Skinner who exhibited in London and Lewes 1888-1919. Also possibly by the same artist is the inset oil-on-wood painting of Thomas Becket (pictured).

St Thomas a Becket parish church in Lewes has a wide range of historic artworks
St Thomas a Becket parish church in Lewes has a wide range of historic artworks

Among other work on view are two Baptismal rolls, a wooden board listing incumbents since 1320 and circa 1900 painting of Thomas Becket hanging in the Tower.

Of interest is a fine royal coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth I (on the south wall). It is modelled in plaster and bears the date 1598. Beneath it (and pictured) is an oil painting of the royal arms of England’s first two Hanoverian kings: George I, crowned 1714, and George II who reigned from 1727 to 1760. Records show that a Mr Bugge of Lewes painted the kings’ arms although that hanging in the church today has clearly been altered , but by whom remains a mystery.