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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Situated in the county of Beds in the East of England, the town of Leighton Buzzard lays near to the county boundary in between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of about thirty seven thousand and a history harping back to Roman days, when the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjoining town of Linslade and it is about mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes, it is located near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is believed that there were settlements in or around what's now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, early artifacts and coinage stumbled upon near by show evidence of this fact. The age-old Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through neighbouring Hockliffe and Dunstable approximately 2,000 years back, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was Saxons who used a market during the tenth century, and artifacts stumbled on suggest that they were staying in the locale undoubtedly from the 6th Century. The village as such is not reported till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 listed Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, embodied a considerably bigger area compared to the town alone, and integrated the settlements of Billington, Heath & Reach, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name appears to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part was not put on till the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from another "Leighton" that he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the years, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town carried on growing throughout the coming generations and the building of a railway and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and expand. Modern day Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town that has witnessed accelerated development in current times.

Places of Interest Around Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church started in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for around four mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway makes use of refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park embracing 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Whipsnade Zoo, Rushmere Park, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ford End Watermill, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Lady Cruises, Woburn Heritage Centre, C2 Gallery, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Mead Open Farm, Lancot Meadow, Dropshort Marsh.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Bideford Green, Hercules Close, South Street, George Street, Cleveland Drive, Grove Road, Hockliffe Street, Hollies Court, Kiteleys Green, Mentmore Road, Highcroft, Falcon Mews, Bassett Road, Millers Close, Carnation Close, Church Square, Apple Tree Close, Elliot Way, Springfield Road, Almond Road, Southcourt Road, Highfield Road, Carron Close, Victoria Road, Phoenix Close, Bunkers Lane, Chelsea Green, Laurel Mews, Carlton Grove, Delamere Gardens, Winston Close, Morar Close, Church Avenue, Bramble Close, Miles Avenue, Adastral Avenue, Windermere Gardens, Goodman Drive, Roosevelt Avenue, Faulkner's Way, Saturn Close, St Mary's Way, Billington Court, Harcourt Close, Gilbert Mews, Stratton Mews, Reeve Close, New Road, Omega Court, Melfort Drive, Chiltern Gardens.

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The above information will be useful for neighbouring hamlets, villages and towns e.g: Burcott, Tebworth, Toddington, Clipstone, Hockliffe, Billington, Battlesden, Stanbridge, Wingfield, Little Billington, Little Brickhill, Eaton Bray, Stewkley, Milton Bryant, Horton, Mentmore, Grove, Great Brickhill, Luton, Briggington, Slapton, Linslade, Houghton Regis, Stoke Hammond, Cheddington, Dunstable, Bragenham, Soulbury, Wing, Wingrave, Eggington, Heath and Reach. Map - Weather