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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the small town of Leighton Buzzard stands near the border between Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population close to 37,000 and a heritage going back to Roman days, when the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is attached to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is roughly midway between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is placed near to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts an important quarrying industry (sand).

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is thought that there existed settlements in and close to what is now named Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, early artefacts and coins discovered nearby give evidence of this fact. The historic Watling Street (engineered by the Romans), now known as the A5, came through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable over 2,000 years ago, and the Romans will have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was they who used a market sometime in the tenth century, and relics uncovered indicate that they were dwelling in the area probably from the 6th Century. The settlement existing then is not observed till 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 named Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, embodied a way greater area than just the town itself, and incorporated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Billington, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name may have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not to be inserted till the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln found it important to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger through the ensuing decades and the development of a canal and a railway service in the 19th Century saw the town develop and expand. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prospering market town that's witnessed improved development in the past few decades.

Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for roughly four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Rushmere Park, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dropshort Marsh, Bluebell Wood, Ouzel Meadows, Whipsnade Zoo, Toddington Manor Gardens, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Aspley Woods, Mead Open Farm, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Abbey, Totternhoe Knolls, Grebe Canal Cruises, Dunstable Downs.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Woodman Close, North Street, Rye Close, Sandhills, Meadway, Edward Street, Claridge Close, The Vyne, Station Road, Brook Street, Falcon Mews, Harrow Road, Millers Close, Northcourt, Leven Close, Cheviot Close, Southcourt Avenue, Adaern Close, Brownslea, Taylor's Ride, Laurel Mews, Bramble Close, Ashburnham Crescent, Albany Road, Fyne Drive, Beech Grove, Pegasus Road, Hydrus Drive, Baker Street, The Wharf, Waterloo Road, Old Road, Churchill Road, Mentmore Gardens, Stoke Road, Greaves Way, Princes Court, Doggett Street, Market Square, Oakridge Park, Bossard Court, Carina Drive, The Gables, Firbank Way, Coniston Road, Dove Tree Road, Ashlong Close, Dudley Street, Heath Park Drive, Eden Way, Bideford Green.

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