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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Positioned in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the delightful town of Leighton Buzzard lies near to the border betwixt Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace close to 37,000 and a historic past extending back to the times of the Romans, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is roughly midway between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it sits near to the Chiltern Hills and has an important sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is felt that there existed settlements in and near to what is now named Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, early relics and coins stumbled upon in the area offer proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, cut through the close by settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about 2,000 years ago, and the Romans will have at least known of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were consequently followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who were using a market in around the tenth century, and relics discovered show that they were inhabiting the vicinity quite possibly since the 6th Century. The settlement as it was then isn't observed till 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book described Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, embodied a much wider area than simply the town itself, and incorporated the settlements of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name seems to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion was not put in prior to the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" which was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants over the eras, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding through the following years and the coming of a railway and a canal in the 19th Century saw it develop and evolve. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town which has seen accelerated development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church dating from 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for around 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Rushmere Park, Dropshort Marsh, Woburn Heritage Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Mead Open Farm, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Abbey, Great Adventure Game, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ford End Watermill, Aspley Woods, Ascott House.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Vicarage Gardens, Brownslea, Lovent Drive, Hartwell Grove, Stephenson Close, Rosebery Avenue, The Walnuts, Lywood Road, Miles Avenue, Old Linslade Road, Windermere Gardens, Bramble Close, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Pine Close, Carron Close, Leighton Road, The Maltings, Rye Close, Ashburnham Crescent, Greaves Way, Ash Grove, Fallowfield, Princes Court, Drakes Avenue, Church Avenue, Churchill Road, Woodside Way, Orion Way, Ash Grange, Chestnut Rise, Heath Park Drive, Northcourt, Southcourt Avenue, Brooklands Drive, Woburn Place, Calder Gardens, Mountbatten Gardens, Oatfield Gardens, Saturn Close, Cedars Way, St George's Close, Orchard Drive, Lomond Drive, Lindler Court, Nebular Court, Riverside, Grovebury Road, Windsor Avenue, Cotswold Drive, Hanover Court, Elliot Way.

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