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Bishop's Palace, Lamphey - - 14003.jpg
Bishop's Palace ruins
Lamphey is located in Pembrokeshire
Lamphey shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 843 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN018004
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Pembroke
Postcode district SA71 5
Dialling code 01646
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
Coordinates: 51°40′N 4°52′W / 51.67°N 4.87°W / 51.67; -4.87

Lamphey (Welsh: Llandyfái) is a community, parish and village near the south coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the historic town of Pembroke, and 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the seaside village of Freshwater East.[2] Lamphey has an estimated population of 843 residents.


The village includes an historic parish church[3] and a palace known as the 'Bishops Palace'. The palace, with fishponds, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and sweeping parklands, was established in the 13th century and became a favourite residence of the Bishops of St Davids, who "were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status".[4] The building was mainly the work of Henry de Gower, Bishop of St Davids from 1328 to 1347, who was also largely responsible for the bishop's palace alongside St David's Cathedral.[5]

Bishop Vaughan was responsible for adding a first floor chapel on the north side of Lamphey Hall in the early 16th century. In 1542, Lamphey manor was "surrendered to Henry VIII in exchange for the rich rectory of Carew".[6]

Notable landmarks[edit]

Several Georgian-era buildings remain in the town including the farmhouse, Lower Lamphey Park, and The Dial public house on the Ridgeway.[7][8] The town has two hotels/restaurants, a primary school, a service station with a shop, a hairdressers, and a local bakery which has served the community for generations. There are playing fields. The village hall, with a capacity of 120 people, was completed in 2007.[9] The grade II listed Lamphey Court, a Georgian mansion, was built in 1823 close by the ruins of the bishop's palace. It was the seat of the Mathias family until sold by Wing Commander Lewis Mathias, High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1978.[10]


Lamphey, together with Cosheston, forms an electoral ward. The total ward population taken at the 2011 Census was 1,671.[11]


Lamphey railway station is on the Pembroke Dock to Swansea line.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Google (11 September 2016). "Lamphey" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "GENUKI: Lamphey". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Lamphey". Pembroke Town Guide. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Lamphey Bishop's Palace". Cadw. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Emery, Anthony (1996). Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Volume 2, East Anglia, Central England and Wales. Cambridge University Press. p. 645. ISBN 978-0-521-58131-8. 
  7. ^ Nevez, Catherine Le; Parker, Mike; Whitfield, Paul (1 May 2009). The Rough Guide to Wales. Rough Guides Limited. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-84836-050-1. 
  8. ^ "The Dial Inn". Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Lamphey Village Hall, Lamphey, Nr.Pembroke". September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Three Pembrokeshire villages". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Lamphey". The Train Line. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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