Some interesting information about Winthrop and the surrounding areas. Winthrop was settled in 1630 as Pullen Poynt (Pulling Point), so named because the tides made hard pulling for boatmen. Originally part of an area called Winnisimmet. The area was annexed by Boston in 1634. In 1739, what is now Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, withdrew from Boston and became the Town of Chelsea. Winthrop suceded from Chelsea in 1852 and incorporated as a town. It is named for John Winthrop, second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and an English Puritan leader.