Leighton Buzzard

Review of the town of Leighton Buzzard, located in the county of Bedfordshire, UK.

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Leighton Buzzard Factfile:

Location: Bedfordshire, England UK.

Population: 32,417.

Leighton Buzzard History: It is thought that there were settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, ancient artefacts and coins found nearby give evidence of this. The ancient Watling Street (built by the Romans), now known as the A5, passed through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe some 2,000 years ago, and the Romans would have at least known of the village at this time.

The Romans were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, who were using the market place during the 10th Century, and artefacts found suggest that they were inhabiting the area probably from the 6th Century. The village as such is not mentioned until 906 when the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) described Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, encompassed a much larger area than just the town itself, and included the hamlets of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" appears to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" was not added until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from another "Leighton" within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to various tenants over the centuries, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

The town continued to grow during the ensuing years and the arrival of a railway and a canal during the 19th Century saw the town develop and grow. Modern day Leighton Buzzard is a thriving market town which has seen increased development in recent years.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: All Saints Church dating from 1277, and its 190 foot spire, Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which runs for 5½ miles from the station in Pages Park, Billington Road, the railway uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Leighton Buzzard Accommodation:

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Leighton Buzzard Hotels:

The Swan Hotel - 50 High Street Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 1EA. Tel: 01525 372 148‎. Amenities: Bar/Café, Meetings Room, Medical Service, Parking, Dogs/Cats Allowed, Restaurant‎. Rooms: 38.

The Black Horse Hotel - 21 North Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EQ, Bedfordshire. Tel: 01525 381 129‎ (hotel).

The Cock Hotel - 76 Woburn Road, Heath & Reach, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0AR. Tel: 01525 237390‎ (hotel).

Leighton Buzzard Bed and Breakfast / B&B:

The Dukes Headrest - 9 Leighton Road, Heath and Reach, Beds LU7 0AA. Tel: 01525 237 285 (ray.cwchung@gmail.com‎). Hotel, guest house, bed & breakfast.

Wing Guest House - 4 Aylesbury Road, Wing, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0PB. Tel: 01296 688 269‎.

Leighton Buzzard Pubs:

The Hare - 10 Southcott Village, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PR. Tel: 01525 373 941‎ (pub / public house).

The Globe Inn - Globe Lane, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2TA. Tel: 01525 373 338 (drinking establishment).

The Stag - Address: 1 Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3AB. Telephone Number: 01525 372 710‎ (pub / public house).

Leighton Buzzard Library:

Leighton Buzzard Library, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU71RX. (library) Tel: 01525 371788.

Leighton Buzzard Council:

Leighton Linslade Town Council - Address: White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedordshire, LU7 1HD. Telephone Number: 01525 631 920‎.

Leighton Buzzard Railway Station:

Leighton Buzzard Railway Station - Station Approach, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2LY. Tel: 0121 634 2040‎ (train station, bus stop).

Cheddington Railway Station - Station Road, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 0SQ. Tel: 0121 634 2040‎ (train station).

Leighton Buzzard Light Railway - Address: Pages Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU74TN. Telephone Number: 01525 373 888‎.

Leighton Buzzard Theatre:

Leighton Buzzard Theatre - Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, EN LU7 1BQ. Tel: 01582 818800‎ (theatre).

Leighton Buzzard Vets:

Heath & Reach Veterinary Centre - Brickhill Road, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0BA. Tel: 01525 237444‎.

Leighton Buzzard Bowls Club:

Linslade Bowls Club - Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2PA. Tel: 01525 371 507‎ (sports club).

Leighton Buzzard Garden Centres:

Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre - Hockliffe Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9NX.

Leighton Buzzard Breakdown Recovery:

Bedfordshire Recovery - Hockliffe, 4 Ninelands, Nr. Leighton Buzzard, BEDS LU7 9NN. Tel: 07836 762 823‎ – 01525 210 728‎ – 01525 211 600‎ (Fax). 24 hour Vehicle Recovery. Damage Free Recovery & Road Side Assistance.Motorbikes, Cars, Vans, Light & Heavy Commercial Vehicles. Bus & Coach Recovery.Air Cusions, Hiab & Winching .

Leighton Buzzard Cinema Equipment:

Powell - Unit 8, Leighton Ind Pk, Billington Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4AJ. Tel: 01525 383 054‎ (cinema equipment).

Leighton Buzzard Canal Cruises:

Grebe Canal Cruises - Address: Pitstone Wharf, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9AD. Telephone Number: 01296 661 920‎.

Leighton Buzzard lies in the county of Bedfordshire, just off the A5 (Watling Street), the A505 and the A4146.

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