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Lamphey (Welsh: Llandyfái) is a village near the south coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, two miles east of Pembroke.


Lamphey is a small village with an estimated population of 250 to 300 people, being located a short distance from the historic town of Pembroke, the birth place of Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.

The village itself includes an historic parish church and a palace known as 'Bishops Palace' due to its use by the Bishops of St David's. Everything was on hand - fishponds, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and sweeping parklands. Standards of accommodation were also suitably inviting, so it was hardly surprising that by the early 14th century Lamphey had become a favourite residence of the Bishops. The palace was established in the 13th century. As it stands, it is mainly the work of the dynamic Henry de Gower, Bishop of St David's from 1328 to 1347 (it comes as no surprise to discover that he was also largely responsible for the magnificent bishop's palace alongside St David's Cathedral).

In the fast-disappearing Pembrokeshire dialect, Lamphey was pronounced "Lam-fa" rather than the more usual "Lam-fey".

About Lamphey

In addition to the palace ruins, the village includes one pub, two hotels and restaurants, a local primary school, service station, hair studio, playing fields, a new village hall completed in 2007, and a local bakery. The local bakery has served the community for generations and is a hub of activity particularly on Saturday mornings when locals and tourists flock to buy fresh bread. The Lantern Grill (a small restaurant located directly next to the spar) was refurbished in 2007 and is now known as 'The Lantern'. Lamphey also has its own train station, and is on the Pembroke Dock to Swansea line.

The village is also a short distance from the village of Freshwater East, a seaside village less than 2 miles from Lamphey.

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Coordinates: 51°40′N 4°52′W / 51.667°N 4.867°W / 51.667; -4.867



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