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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the boundary between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of around thirty seven thousand and a story extending back to Roman days, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is attached to the nearby town of Linslade and it is roughly mid-way between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it is placed near the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts an important quarrying industry (sand).

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It is thought that there existed settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coinage discovered nearby give evidence of this. The historical Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now identified as the A5, cut through neighbouring Hockliffe and Dunstable over 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans would have at the very least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Romans were later followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who used a market sometime in the 10th Century, and antiquities unearthed suggest that they were settling the vicinity almost certainly from the 6th Century. The commune as such wasn't discussed till 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) described Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, comprised a far bigger area than only the town by itself, and comprised the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name seems to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece wasn't inserted before the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to a variety of tenants over the years, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I through the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger through the following years and the development of a canal and a railway service in the 19th Century saw the town develop and grow. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be described as a growing market town which has seen accelerated development in recent years.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for roughly 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line employs renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Bluebell Wood, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Leighton Lady Cruises, Totternhoe Knolls, Pitstone Windmill, Great Adventure Game, C2 Gallery, Aspley Woods, Woburn Heritage Centre, Mead Open Farm, Ascott House, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Toddington Manor Gardens, Rushmere Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Chestnut Rise, Derwent Road, Cutlers Way, Bossard Court, Victoria Road, Orion Way, Hinton Close, Himley Green, Mentmore Road, Hercules Close, Ash Grove, Clay Furlong, Copper Beech Way, Bedford Street, Ashwell Street, Hydrus Drive, Woodside Way, Bramble Close, Ash Grange, Almond Road, Vicarage Road, Stratton Mews, Jupiter Drive, Chelsea Green, Waterloo Road, Falcon Mews, Deverell Way, Richmond Road, Nelson Road, Plantation Road, Badgers Brook, Linwood Grove, Brownslea, Barnabas Road, Eden Way, Windsor Avenue, Reeve Close, Nevis Close, Lammas Walk, Neptune Gardens, Carina Drive, George Street, Calder Gardens, Old Chapel Mews, Mardle Road, Clarence Road, Leopold Road, St Andrew's Street, Northcourt, Hanover Court, Ledburn Grove.

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The above facts should be pertinent for adjacent parishes and towns including: Soulbury, Great Brickhill, Clipstone, Eaton Bray, Hockliffe, Houghton Regis, Tebworth, Burcott, Dunstable, Wing, Luton, Wingrave, Bragenham, Stewkley, Stoke Hammond, Linslade, Little Billington, Billington, Horton, Cheddington, Toddington, Stanbridge, Grove, Slapton, Wingfield, Eggington, Mentmore, Heath and Reach, Briggington, Little Brickhill, Milton Bryant, Battlesden. Map - Weather