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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Situated within the county of Beds, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard stands near the border between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a population of approximately 37,000 and a past extending back to the era of the Romans, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is pretty much joined to the nearby town of Linslade and it is roughly mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes, it is located next to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's believed that there had been settlements in and near to what's now called Leighton Buzzard going back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coins stumbled on nearby show evidence of this fact. The old Watling Street (put up by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe around about two thousand years back, and the Romans should have at least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at that time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who used the market place during the 10th Century, and artifacts found suggest that they were settling the locale more than likely since the 6th Century. The settlement existing at that time was not cited until 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, embodied a lot greater area than merely the town alone, and included the settlements of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name could very well have come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part did not get added on before the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" which was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to many different tenants over the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger through the succeeding years and the appearance of a railway line and a canal during the Nineteenth Century saw the town evolve and develop. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a flourishing market town which has seen accelerated development in the last few years.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for roughly 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Great Adventure Game, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dropshort Marsh, Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ouzel Meadows, Woburn Heritage Centre, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ford End Watermill, Dunstable Downs, Woburn Abbey, Rushmere Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Newman Way, Brookside Walk, Apple Tree Close, Badgers Brook, Grovebury Road, Billington Court, Friday Street, Barleycorn Close, Gemini Close, Ascot Drive, Rannock Gardens, Lee Don Furlong, Hillside Road, Copper Beech Way, The Wood, West Street, Garden Hedge, Stratton Mews, Hartwell Grove, Montgomery Close, Faulkner's Way, Hollies Court, Craddocks Drive, Duncombe Drive, Orion Way, Church Square, Russell Way, Oakridge Park, Danes Way, Lochy Drive, Mountbatten Gardens, Wheatfield Close, Claridge Close, Almond Road, Ship Road, Plantation Road, Highcroft, Millers Close, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Himley Green, Adastral Avenue, Bossington Lane, Lincombe Slade, Cooper Drive, Woodside Way, Carlton Grove, Cygnus Drive, Falcon Mews, Lindler Court, Appenine Way, Mentmore Gardens.

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