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Lampeter Velfrey

LAMPETER-VELVREY (LLAN-BEDR-VELVRE), a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E.) from Narberth, containing 984 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the rich and fertile vale of Lampeter, and on the south side of the river Marlais, extends for nearly six miles from east to west, and about three miles from north to south. . . Limestone is found here in abundance, and is quarried for building purposes, and also burnt into lime as a manure for the supply of the surrounding country. . . The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a very ancient structure, consisting of two aisles separated by plain pointed arches. In the north aisle is an altar-tomb to a member of the family of Philipps, of Lampeter House, which seat is now the property and residence of Captain Twyning. There are places of worship for Baptists and Independents. A parochial school, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children, is supported by subscription. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104231
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850851
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099634


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lampeter Velfrey area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants

  • Lampeter Velfrey Parish Church            William Hatton, Rector
  • Glynyrhyd     Particular Baptists              Erected first in 1811, rebuilt in 1835          John Edwards, Minister

Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Pether (Llanbedr Felffre)

Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Peter
  • Incumbent and Curates; D Davies
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 5,788 ; Population 673

Church Records

PR CB (1779-1812) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1923), Marriages (1755-1980) Banns (1853-1919, 1931-47) Princes Gate (1949-64) Banns (1948-71), Burials (1813-1992) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1677, 1679, 1681, 1686, 1698-9, 1720-2, 1724-5, 1727, 1729, 1735, 1737-43, 1763-70, 1774-6, 1780, 1782-4, 1786-9, 1793-9, 1803-81, 1885-6) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105148.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Glanrhyd , in Glanrhyd [Baptists, 1811]. Records ; See Ffynnon                   On Dyfed FHS 
  • Bryn Seion [Independents, 1859]. Records ; See Carfan                                 On Dyfed FHS                Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation
  • Carfan, in Carfan [Independents, 1804]. Records, See Henllan Chapel           SN17451411   Built 1797, present chapel built 1832-3, modified 1873   Still open 1997   Coflein            On Dyfed FHS          Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2009)

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Lampeter Velfrey which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Lampeter Velfrey parish  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.).  (Extracted by Barry Johnson)

  • Lampeter Velfrey (122); Barre, Blaengwaith Noah, Cil-rhiw Ho., Clyn-pattel, Commons, Dyffryn, Gilfach Cross, Gilfach Fm., Grange (Antiquity), Hill, Lampeter Vale, Lampeter Velfrey, Llanmarlais, Llan-mill, Llantydwell, Llwyn-Gwyddel, Llwyn-pinner, Melinau, Newhouse, Norton, Pen-lan Fm., Prince's gate, Redford, South Treffgarne, Stonyford, Treffgarne, Upper Llantydwell, Velfrey Road, Waun-gron, Waun-gron Uchaf, White Ho..

Morris, M G R  Tavernspite: a meeting of the ways    (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian V


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Lampeter Velfrey has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Morris, M G R           Lampeter Velfrey, A history of the village              2007    
Chancellor Geoffrey Morris retired as Rector of Lampeter Velfrey in 2008, he also published a short illustrated guide to St Peter's (and another to St David's, Llanddewi Velfrey, where he was Vicar from 1974). He has a huge amount of information, partially written up on computer, having researched local history for nearly forty years. Copies of the village history are obtainable from him (£5 + postage) at Greenfield Cottage, Lampeter Velfrey, Narberth, Pembs, SA67 8UL, telephone  01834 831241.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • W. E. R. Allen Collection of Pembrokeshire Deeds      "Deeds collected by W. E. R. Allen relating to premises in the parishes of Crinow and Lampeter Velfrey,Pembrokeshire, 1753-1850"  
  • Cil-rhiw collection of Pembrokeshire deeds         "Cil-rhiw, Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire, was the residence of Bertram Wedgewood Allen......"          "Deeds, 1595-1777, relating to premises in the parishes of Crinow and Lampeter Velfrey,Pembrokeshire."  
  • Papers of the Allen Family and Cilrhiw Estate       "Deeds relating to the Cilrhiw estate in Lampeter Velfrey,Pembrokeshire 1767-1956, and Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, 1712-1909"  
  • Papers of Thomas Reece Thomas of Lampeter Velfrey      1750-1920  

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds, Lampeter Velfrey, co Pembroke, 1735-1930



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN156145 (Lat/Lon: 51.798625, -4.675709), Lampeter Velfrey which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]