Some criticise these things. Fine expensive articles for the cult of the Church. But not only are they part of the living tradition of the Church - the expression of the faith of generations past, but they are living reminder of the Incarnation. We are poor fallen beings and need beauty to raise our minds to God. I am not holy enough for my mind alone to take me to God. My senses need to be filled, to be drenched with the beauty of God's creation and the work if human hands.
There were two statues worked in silver about a foot high. The one with a sword in his head, as the sign of his martyrdom, is St Thomas Becket. The other is St Chad.