"LAMPHEY, called by the Welsh LLANFYDD, a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 miles (E.) from Pembroke, on the road to Tenby, containing 436 inhabitants. This place, which takes its name from the dedication of its church to St. Faith, was among the first of those in South Wales in which the early Normans obtained a settlement. . . Indications of coal have been observed in this parish, from which it is concluded that strata of this fossil here extend in a direction from north-east to south-west, but no attempt has hitherto been made to work it: limestone is found in great abundance and of excellent quality, and a considerable quantity is quarried for building purposes, and also burnt into lime. . . The church, dedicated to St. Faith, was thoroughly repaired in 1826, partly by subscription . . . A National school has been established, for which a commodious school-room, with a neat cottage for the residence of the master and mistress, was erected in 1828, by subscription, aided by a grant of £70 from the parent society, with which this school has been incorporated. . . " [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 - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104233
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342303
  • 1891 Census - 6099637

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

  • Lamphey Parish Church "There is no other place of worship in the Parish. Infants, together with habitual absentees, may be reckoned at 90. The church is often quite full" James Broff Byers, Vicar

Parish entry for Lamphey and Hodgeston from the Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Tyfel & Hodgeston Parish Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; W J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 1.985 & 375; Population 508 & 59
    Radford, C. A. Ralegh, (Courtenay Arthur Ralegh). The Bishop's Palace, Lamphey, Dyfed = Llys Llandyfai. Publisher Scotland : H.M.S.O., 1981. Description 9[1]p : plan . A full account of the accessible parts of the palace is published in Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1938, pp1-14.

    Turner, Rick. Lamphey Bishop's Palace : Llawhaden Castle : Carswell Medieval House, Carew Cross .Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1991. 52p


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1776-1883), Marriages (1755-1975), Burials (1776-1962) at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR M pre 1813 with index, at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-75, 1877-8, 1880-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105148.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    Three Pembrokeshire Villages - Lamphey, Hodgeston & Freshwater East . Includes a brief history section

    Various landscapes of the area and surrounds on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Lamphey which are provided by:



    The transcription of the section for Lamphey from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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



    There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

    Hughes, Basil Jottings on the History of Pembrokshire Lamphey, Hodgeston, Freshwater East [Kindle Edition 2013]

    Van Dulken, Steve. Lamphey and India (NLW's site) Pemb Historian V


    Land & Property

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace/Lamphey Court on the People's Collection Wales site

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

    • Records of the Mathias family of Llangwarren and Lamphey Court "Mathias family papers, comprising: deeds and related papers, parishes of ................ Lamphey, 1768-1894;............. ; leases, tenancy agreements, etc. relating to the parishes of Lamphey, 1822-1925; ........................; estate papers of the Manor of Lamphey 1758-1930; Lamphey Estate, 1851-1927.............."


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS015997 (Lat/Lon: 51.661292, -4.871106), Lamphey which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Lamphey 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)

    • Lamphey (148); Cleggars, Freswater East, Lake, Lamphey, Lamphey Court, Nth. Down, Portclew, Westhill, Windsor.