Nottingham, New Hampshire

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Nottingham is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,701 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 4,540.[1] It is location to Pawtuckaway State Park.

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History

Incorporated in 1722 by Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth, Nottingham was named for Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham. The earl was a close friend of Samuel Shute and Joseph Dudley, colonial governors of Massachusetts when New Hampshire was under that province's jurisdiction. Among the grantees was Peregrine White, descendant of Peregrine White of the Mayflower, the first child of English parentage born in New England. At one time, the town had 17 watermills in operation.

The town was site of a massacre in 1747, when Elizabeth Simpson, Robert Beard and Nathaniel Folson were slain by Indians of the Winnipesaukee tribe.

Nottingham once included Deerfield, incorporated in 1766, and Northwood, in 1773.

Nottingham is the site of the first recycling center in America.[citation needed]

Notable inhabitants

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.4 square miles (125 km2), of which 46.5 sq mi (120 km2) is land and 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2) is water, comprising 4.01% of the town. Containing 14 lakes and ponds, Nottingham is drained by the Pawtuckaway and North rivers, in addition to Back Creek. The town's highest point is the North Peak of Mount Pawtuckaway, at 995 feet (303 m) above sea level. The circular-shaped Pawtuckaway Mountains are a prime example of what geologists term a ring dike complex.

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