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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the county boundary between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately 37,000 and a past harping back to the times of the Romans, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is attached to the nearby town of Linslade it is about midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it lays near to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there existed settlements in and near to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, old artifacts and coins unearthed nearby give proof of this fact. The old Watling Street (engineered by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through the nearby towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe some 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans would have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who created the market place sometime in the tenth century, and relics stumbled upon suggest that they were residing in the locale in all likelihood from the 6th Century. The settlement as it was then was not remarked upon till 906 when the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) documented Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, encompassed a significantly wider area than simply the town by itself, and integrated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Billington, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component wasn't appended before the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to several tenants through the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow during the coming decades and the appearance of a canal and a railway during the 19th Century saw it develop and expand. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a bustling market town that's seen greater development in the last few years.

Places to Visit in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for about 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Pitstone Green Museum, Mead Open Farm, Ouzel Meadows, Whipsnade Zoo, C2 Gallery, Bluebell Wood, Grebe Canal Cruises, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Rushmere Park, Ascott House, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Ford End Watermill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Willow Bank Walk, Ridgeley Drive, Ascot Drive, Lathwell Way, Bunkers Lane, Rannock Gardens, The Gables, Rothschild Road, Marley Fields, Carron Close, Richmond Road, Old Chapel Mews, Pennivale Close, Malvern Drive, Mountbatten Gardens, Windsor Avenue, Woburn Place, Mill Road, Highfield Road, Capshill Avenue, Goodman Drive, Greaves Way, King Street, Pine Close, St Leonard's Close, Linwood Grove, Dove Tree Road, Waterloo Road, St George's Close, Almond Road, Avery Close, Primrose Gardens, Eriboll Close, Clay Furlong, Cherrycourt Way, Weston Avenue, Concord Way, Saxons Close, Clarence Road, Morar Close, Grove Place, Copper Beech Way, Neptune Gardens, Harcourt Close, Bideford Green, Wentworth Drive, Middle Green, Vicarage Gardens, Billington Court, Chelsea Green, The Heath.

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