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The town of Hampstead was named after an area in north London, England. While the origin of the Wash Pond name can not be 100% confirmed, the most commonly accepted explanation is that it was named by colonial New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth because it reminded him of ponds in England where they did their washing (clothing, sheep, cows, and more!) The name Wash Pond is referenced in a property deed as early as 1743.
Common folklore is that the Ells family first coined the Sunset Lake name to attract people from the Boston suburbs to rent or buy their "Sunset Lake Cottages". It does have a better ring to it than "Wash Pond Cottages", doesn't it? Supporting this story, the first known property deed reference to Sunset Lake was by Ells in June 1928, while all of their previous deeds from 1926-1928 referenced Wash Pond. However, this 1902 article belies that folklore; this is the only known reference to Sunset Lake prior to the June 1928 Ells deed.
First known reference to Sunset Lake: Derry News, 8/8/1902
History of the Town of Hampstead NH for One Hundred Years – Isaac William Smith, 1884
A Memorial of the Town of Hampstead New Hampshire: Volume I and II – Harriette Eliza Noyes, 1899 and 1903
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