Lampeter Velfrey

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Lampeter Velfrey
Parish Church, Lampeter Velfrey - - 960474.jpg
Parish Church of St Peter
Lampeter Velfrey is located in Pembrokeshire
Lampeter Velfrey
Lampeter Velfrey
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population1,205 (in 2011)
OS grid referenceSN 1560 1442
• Cardiff68.0 mi (109.4 km)
• London196.0 mi (315.4 km)
  • Lampeter Velfrey
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townArberth
Postcode districtSA67
Dialling code01834
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°47′53″N 4°40′34″W / 51.798°N 4.676°W / 51.798; -4.676Coordinates: 51°47′53″N 4°40′34″W / 51.798°N 4.676°W / 51.798; -4.676

Lampeter Velfrey (Welsh: Llanbedr Felfre) is a community and parish[1] in the county of Pembrokeshire, Wales, which lies 68.0 miles (109.4 km) from Cardiff and 196.0 miles (315.4 km) from London.[2][3] In 2011 the population of the parish was 1,205, with 20.2 per cent of them able to speak Welsh.[4] Besides Lampeter Velfrey village, other settlements in the community include Princes Gate, Ludchurch, Llan-mill, Melinau and Tavernspite.

The old Medieval spelling was "Velfre"[5]


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward stretches beyond the confines of Lampeter Velfrey with a total population of 1,598.[6]


The parish was in the former Narberth Hundred, and appeared on a 1578 parish map as Llanbeder Velfray.[7] In the 1830s had a population of 984. Limestone was quarried locally for building and for lime. There was a parochial school in the 1800s. Local historian Geoffrey Morris was rector of Lampeter Velfrey parish until 2008 and wrote a history of the village in 2007.[8] Archives Wales holds a number of historical papers on the village and its former inhabitants.[9]


The parish church (Church in Wales) of St Peter is a Grade II-listed building, recorded by Cadw in 1971, and was first mentioned in records in 1291.[10] The present church, which may have replaced earlier chapelries, dates from the 13th and 14th centuries and was restored in the 19th and 20th centuries. The bell is dated 1639 and the early Henry Jones organ 1853.[11][12]

There are two Independent chapels in the village: Bryn Sion (established 1859) and Carfan (established 1804).[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GENUKI: Lampeter Velfrey pre-1850 parish map 122". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. ^ Felfre Bangor University Placenames Unit (Canolfan Bedwyr); Archived 12 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine accessed 9 May 2014
  3. ^ Google Maps (Map).
  4. ^ "Custom report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics".
  5. ^ " Google Books website; An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Wales; accessed 9 May 2014
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Penbrok comitat". British Library.
  8. ^ a b "GENUKI: Lampeter Velfrey". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Archives Wales: Lampeter Velfrey". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Coflein: St Peter's Church, Lampeter Velfry". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Parish of Lampeter Velfrey: St Peter". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  12. ^ "British Listed Buildings: Church of St. Peter". Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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