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Once part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts, the town of Hampstead is now part of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Settled in 1640, the town was formed as a result of a decision that fixed the boundaries between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Originally known as Timberlane Parish, Hampstead was incorporated by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1749, and named for Hampstead, England, which was the residence of William Pitt, a close friend of the governor. The unincorporated village of East Hampstead is within the town. Hampstead is home to Camp Tel Noar, an overnight summer camp on Wash Pond, as well as Hampstead Academy, a private school. Hampstead is south of Sandown, east of Derry, and west of Newton Junction. Within the town limits are several bodies of water, including Island Pond, Angle Pond, and Wash Pond, which is also known as Sunset Lake.


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