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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the town of Leighton Buzzard is very close to the county border between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population close to 37,000 and a historic past extending back to the Roman period, when the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the nearby town of Linslade and it is about midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it stands close to the Chiltern Hills and has a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's considered that there existed settlements in and close to what's now named Leighton Buzzard way back in unrecorded times, historical artifacts and coinage stumbled on nearby give evidence of this. The olden Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe around about two thousand years back, and the Romans should have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who used the market place during the tenth century, and artifacts picked up suggest that they were settling the area in all likelihood from the 6th Century. The settlement existing then is not listed until 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, incorporated a lot greater area than merely the town alone, and consisted of the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the town's name may have been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component wouldn't be applied till the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" which was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to an assortment of tenants over the years, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding during the coming decades and the establishing of of a canal and a railway service in the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and develop. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a prosperous market town that's seen improved development in modern times.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church initiated in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for approximately four miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Bluebell Wood, Woburn Abbey, Woburn Heritage Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Whipsnade Zoo, Ford End Watermill, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Aspley Woods, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Totternhoe Knolls, C2 Gallery, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Sandy Lane, The Maltings, Acacia Close, Dudley Street, Himley Green, Ledburn Grove, Garden Leys, Ascot Drive, Bridge Street, Carlton Grove, Dove Tree Road, Oak Bank Drive, Commerce Way, Talbot Court, Reeve Close, Oakley Green, Hinton Close, The Gables, Apple Tree Close, Linwood Grove, Plantation Road, Brook Street, Cleveland Drive, Draper Way, Oatfield Gardens, Riverside, Milebush, Copper Beech Way, Winston Close, Enterprise Way, Mountbatten Gardens, Craddocks Drive, Grove Place, Calder Gardens, Old Linslade Road, Finch Crescent, Cygnus Drive, Bunkers Lane, Heath Park Road, Miles Avenue, Centauri Close, Globe Lane, Wentworth Drive, The Wood, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Dukes Ride, Heathwood Close, Eriboll Close, Lovent Drive, St George's Close, King Street.

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