Geographic position

51.2167° N, 1.4667° W


"Andover." Encyclopedia Britannica Online, 2013. Web.; Lambert, Tim. “A Brief History of Andover.” Local Histories. Web.; Geo coordinates at

General note

Andover is a town on the River Anton in Hampshire County on England’s southern coast. Its name comes from the Celtic “on dubr,” meaning ash tree water. The town grew in the 1400s as it developed wool, iron, and leather industries and benefited from its position on a main road that connected eastern and western England. In a 1766 letter, Robert Cottle advises Nathaniel Whitaker to take Occom to visit the Steele family of Andover, at that time a small market town, as he thinks they would likely donate a large sum of money to the Indian Charity School. Immigrants from England who settled Andover, MA, named their new home for the Hampshire town they left behind.