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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the town of Leighton Buzzard stands very near to the county boundary in between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of about thirty seven thousand and a story going back to the era of the Romans, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjoining town of Linslade and it's about mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is located very close to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard History: It is felt that there were settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, historic relics and coins picked up in close proximity give proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now identified as the A5, went through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about 2,000 years back, and the Romans would have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was Saxons who were using the market place during the 10th Century, and relics uncovered show that they were inhabiting the area undoubtedly since the sixth century. The settlement as it was then wasn't observed till 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, comprised a considerably greater area than merely the town by itself, and integrated the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Billington, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town could quite possibly have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion did not get included before the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln found it appropriate to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to an assortment of tenants through the years, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger over the succeeding generations and the appearance of a canal and a railway service during the 19th Century saw it develop and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a thriving market town that has witnessed improved development in the past few decades.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: The All Saints Church dating from 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which goes for roughly 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line employs restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Dunstable Downs, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Toddington Manor Gardens, Lancot Meadow, Grebe Canal Cruises, Woburn Abbey, Great Adventure Game, Ascott House, C2 Gallery, Dropshort Marsh, Ford End Watermill, Whipsnade Zoo, Rushmere Park, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Bluebell Wood.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Vandyke Road, Baker Street, Ash Grange, Lochy Drive, Harrow Road, Lime Grove, Neptune Gardens, Mardle Road, The Paddocks, Rannock Gardens, Grove Place, Wentworth Drive, Talbot Court, Cotefield Drive, Appenine Way, Doggett Street, Blakedown Road, Omega Court, Poplar Close, Claridge Close, St George's Close, Cutlers Way, Vimy Road, Jupiter Drive, Pegasus Road, The Gables, West Street, Greaves Way, Brownslea, Badgers Brook, Mountbatten Gardens, Harcourt Close, Orion Way, Enterprise Way, Wyngates, Ascot Drive, Church Avenue, Nebular Court, Dukes Ride, Bossington Lane, Linslade Road, Mentmore Gardens, Commerce Way, Barnabas Road, Brooklands Avenue, Bushell Close, Ship Road, Melfort Drive, Hornbeam Close, Church Road, Lathwell Way.

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This information could be applicable for neighbouring areas which include: Wingfield, Grove, Soulbury, Cheddington, Luton, Bragenham, Stoke Hammond, Little Billington, Battlesden, Houghton Regis, Slapton, Little Brickhill, Tebworth, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, Clipstone, Billington, Hockliffe, Horton, Briggington, Eggington, Milton Bryant, Heath and Reach, Linslade, Mentmore, Stewkley, Wing, Great Brickhill, Burcott, Toddington, Stanbridge, Wingrave. Map - Weather