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Bishop's Palace, Lamphey - - 14003.jpg
Part of the Bishop's Palace
Lamphey is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population843 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN018004
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPembroke
Postcode districtSA71 5
Dialling code01646
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°40′N 4°52′W / 51.67°N 4.87°W / 51.67; -4.87Coordinates: 51°40′N 4°52′W / 51.67°N 4.87°W / 51.67; -4.87

Lamphey (Welsh: Llandyfái pronounced [ɬandəˈvaɪ]) is both a village, a parish and a community 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] The 2011 census reported a population of 843.

Freshwater East is in the community as is the village of Hodgeston.

The village includes the ruins of the fourteenth-century Lamphey Bishop's Palace; a palace of the Bishop of St David's.

Church of St Tyfai and St Faith[edit]

The parish church, dedicated to St Tyfai (or Tyfie) and St Faith, is medieval in origin but was largely rebuilt in 1869–1871 by the architect Ewan Christian. The fine tower is thirteenth or fourteenth century. In the chancel a piscina and two lancet windows date from the thirteenth century, but have been repositioned. The font is Norman.[3][4]

Notable landmarks[edit]

Several Georgian-era buildings remain, including the guesthouse, Lower Lamphey Park on the Ridgeway.[5][6] The village has two hotels/restaurants, The Dial public house, 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.[7]

Bishop Vaughan was responsible for adding the 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".[8]

The grade II listed Lamphey Court, a Georgian mansion, was built in 1823 to the west of the ruins of the Bishop's Palace. It was the seat of the Mathias family until it was sold in 1978 by Wing Commander Lewis Mathias, the High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire.[9]


Lamphey, together with Cosheston, forms an electoral ward. The total ward population taken at the 2011 Census was 1,671.[10]


Lamphey railway station on the Pembroke Dock branch of the West Wales Line is operated by Transport for Wales Rail, who also manage the station. Trains stop here on request every two hours in each direction, westwards to Pembroke Dock and eastwards to Tenby, Whitland, Carmarthen and Swansea.[11]


The Pembroke River rises at nearby Hodgeston Hill to flow through Lamphey to Pembroke Castle.

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. ^ "Church of St Tyfie and St Faith, Lamphey". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "St Tyfai's Church, Lamphey; St Faith and St Tyfei". Coflien. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The Dial Inn". Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Lamphey Village Hall, Lamphey, Nr.Pembroke". September 2016.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Three Pembrokeshire villages". Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Lamphey". The Train Line. Retrieved 11 September 2016.

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