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It was established in 1634 by two reverends, who brought with them a group of approximately 100 settlers from Wiltshire, England.
Today, Newbury is known for its downtown area, New England atmosphere, and historic homes and buildings.
People Born in Newbury
Newbury in People's Lives
John Woodbridge: I moved here as a part of a group of settlers from Wiltshire, England in 1634. I took part in helping to first establish this town, and from the beginning was regarded as a figure of promise and respect despite my young age - 21 at the time. I was immediately made Town Clerk here, a position I held from 1634 - 1638. I married a young lady named Mercy, the daughter of the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1639, at the age of 26. I was Deputy to the General Court of Newbury from 1639 - 1641, being elected for three consecutive terms. In 1641, I decided to establish my own town nearby, and become a minister there, and so moved to found the town of Andover. I returned to Newbury in 1663, 22 years later, after having lived in England again for some time. I decided to settle here permanently, now being 50 years old. I was a religious teacher and assistant pastor under my uncle, another respected reverend. After a disagreement with my congregation and the other pastors about some points of doctrine, I left my post as a minister in 1672, though it pained me to do so, as being a pastor was the only job and purpose that I had ever had. However, I served as magistrate to this town until my death in March of 1696. I died at the age of 83.