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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard stands very near to the county border between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population close to 37,000 and a history harping back to the Roman period, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the nearby town of Linslade and is about halfway between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton (Beds), it is placed next to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is considered that there were settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, old artefacts and coinage discovered in close proximity show proof of this fact. The ancient Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through neighbouring Hockliffe and Dunstable some two thousand years ago, and the Romans should have at least known of the village at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was they who introduced a market sometime in the tenth century, and artefacts uncovered mean that they were staying in the local area quite possibly from the sixth century. The commune as such wasn't remarked upon until 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) specified Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, covered a substantially wider area compared to the town alone, and incorporated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part did not get added on till the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln found it appropriate to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to an assortment of tenants over the eras, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even larger throughout the succeeding years and the coming of a railway line and a canal during the Nineteenth Century saw the town grow and develop. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a growing market town that has seen increased development in current times.

Things to Do in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church commenced in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for around 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Bluebell Wood, Mead Open Farm, Woburn Heritage Centre, C2 Gallery, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Downs, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Dropshort Marsh, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ascott House, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: New Road, East Street, Himley Green, Loyne Close, Digby Road, Hinton Close, Knaves Hill, Montgomery Close, Cotswold Drive, Falcon Mews, Winston Close, Heath Park Road, Hercules Close, Doggett Street, The Chilterns, Ash Grange, Commerce Way, Almond Road, Clarence Road, Grange Close, Water Lane, Garden Hedge, Harcourt Close, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Highcroft, Millers Close, Appenine Way, Dukes Ride, Mowbray Drive, Faulkner's Way, Melfort Drive, Oxendon Court, Atterbury Avenue, Chestnut Rise, Nebular Court, Rannock Gardens, Old Road, The Walnuts, Acacia Close, Stratton Mews, Newman Way, Corbet Ride, Woburn Place, Deverell Way, Woodside Way, Lammas Walk, Linslade Road, Tindall Avenue, Chestnut Hill, North Street, Bossington Lane.

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