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Canterbury is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,352 at the 2010 census.HistoryFirst granted by Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. It was originally a militia timber fort and trading post of Capt. Jeremiah Clough located on a hill near Canterbury Center, where the Pennacook Indians came to trade. The town would be incorporated in 1741. There were several garrison houses or stockades in the area as late as 1758.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.4sqmi, of which 43.6sqmi is land and 0.8sqmi is water, comprising 1.82% of the town. The town's highest point is an unnamed summit near Forest Pond and the town's northern border, where the elevation reaches approximately 1390ft above sea level. Bounded by the Merrimack River on the west, Canterbury is drained on the east by the Soucook River. Canterbury lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.
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