Lewes Historic Photo, Postcard, and Image Collections

Photograph collections

Francis Frith Nostalgic Photos, Maps, Books & Memories of Britain
This page takes you to the collection of photos of Lewes

Edward Reeves Photography
A collection of thousands of images of Lewes and its people spanning over 150 years. Currently only a selection of archival photos can be seen and bought in their Lewes shop.

Reeves Archive Research Project
Investigating and preserving the Edward Reeves archive of negatives, images, and business records.

David Simkin Directory of Photographic Studios in Lewes 1851-1910, including Cooksbridge, Newick and Ringmer.
Lewes photographers A-G
Lewes photographers H-Z
Click on Notes and Examples for each photographer listed to view the images.
This is part of the wider Sussex PhotoHistory website covering all Sussex photographers of this period.

Sussex Archaeological Society (Sussex Past)
The Society has a large collection of historical photographs, held in Lewes.
Contact the Museums Officer, or the Library.

Historic England

  • England’s Places collection of images of our built heritage, from the 1850s to the early 1990s. Subjects include churches and country houses, historic buildings and modern architecture. Street scenes, village-scapes, and photographic records of buildings threatened with destruction during the mid 20th century. View the Lewes collection
  • Britain from Above Extensive collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. (Search for Lewes)

Lewes Past Facebook Group
A Facebook community for sharing memories, stories, and photos of Lewes.


Bob Cairns  Lewes in Old Picture Postcards, European Library, c1988.
Views from c1901 to c1925

Rendel WilliamsSussex Postcards website
Search for views of Lewes by using the interactive map.

Nevill Residents Association Postcard collection


Sharpe Collection of Henry Petrie Watercolours
330 watercolours by Henry Petrie made publicly available by the Sussex Archaeological Society. Includes churches in and around Lewes c 1800.

W.F. Saunders collection
Sepia drawings of Sussex churches 1862-1900, from the Sussex Archaeological Society collection

W. T. Quartermain: The Parish Churches of Sussex
Drawings from the East Sussex volume, 1865, held at the Sussex Archaeological Society, with added images

Country Houses
Images of Sussex country houses, from the Sussex Archaeological Society collection. Paintings, drawings, plans, photographs.

Portraits in the Sussex Archaeological Society’s collection