Open every day 9am to 6pm for meditation, prayer, and visits. Sunday service at 9.45am

Here at St Thomas' you can discover or re-discover the beauty, poetry, and majesty of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
which is the heart of our traditional sung service, with Communion and hymns, every Sunday at 9.45am.
We also follow the 1611 King James Bible, the 'Authorised Version',
and our hymns are from the New English Hymnal.


St Thomas à Becket is an ancient and peaceful church, situated at the end of Cliffe High Street in the East Sussex county town of Lewes.

The church is open all day every day from 9am to 6pm to visit and for private prayer.

The friendly congregation also offer a range of social activities in the adjacent Cliffe Hall. There’s tea & coffee, all welcome, after the Sunday 9.45am service. Other activities are expected to re-start soon – see News & Events.
We look forward to welcoming you to this oasis of calm and tranquillity, whether for a visit, meditation, or private prayer. Full details in our monthly Parish News.



Our beautiful Parish Eucharist at 9.45am, sung and with four hymns, follows the Book of Common Prayer.
Join us afterwards for tea and coffee in the hall next door.

Covid precautions: Communion is taken in bread alone. We sit socially distanced in Church, and wear masks if possible.

Discover or re-discover the beauty, poetry, and majesty of the Book of Common Prayer.We are corporate members of the Prayer Book Society


Many of our visitors, often from far and wide, leave us heartfelt comments which we share with you….

Thank you for providing a resting place between travels; and to St Thomas for his protection, and the ‘powers that be’ for remaining open.

Carole, Cornwall

“Thank you, God, for such a peaceful and beautiful church in which to spend time in your presence”

Simon R

“Thank you for being open an allowing us to enjoy God’s house.”

“I was Assistant Curate here [over] 30 years ago; lovely to see the church again.”

D&S L, Penzance

“Stumbled upon this lovely little church while visiting Lewes for the day – wonderful!”

“Surely, this is the house of God.”

M, Scotland

“I am a direct male descendent of Marjory and James Morris, two of the [17] Sussex Martyrs burnt at the stake in Lewes. I had to visit.”

SM, Australia

“Our happiest memories of Lewes are of St Thomas’ and its welcome. A wonderful feeling of continuity and resilience.”

J&B W, Spain

“Thank you for the tranquility and time spent in thought whilst here. May God continue to guide us all.”

GMcG, Brighton