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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the smallish town of Leighton Buzzard lays near the border in between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population of approximately 37,000 and a historical past going back to the times of the Romans, at which time the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the adjoining town of Linslade and is approximately midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it is situated very close to the Chiltern Hills and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's considered that there had been settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, early relics and coinage unearthed near by offer proof of this fact. The historical Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now known as the A5, came through the neighbouring settlements of Dunstable and Hockliffe some 2,000 in years past, and the Romans should have at least been aware of Leighton Buzzard during those times.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who were using the market place sometime in the tenth century, and artifacts unearthed suggest that they were inhabiting the locale almost certainly since the 6th Century. The commune as such was not mentioned until 906 when the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, comprised a far greater area than simply the town alone, and covered the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name will probably have derived from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part did not get appended until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln found it desirable to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to various tenants over the years, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even larger through the coming decades and the coming of a canal and a railway during the Nineteenth Century saw it grow and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a thriving market town which has seen increased development in current times.

Places to Visit Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for about 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Ford End Watermill, Grebe Canal Cruises, Great Adventure Game, Totternhoe Knolls, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Bluebell Wood, Aspley Woods, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Toddington Manor Gardens, Woburn Abbey, Rushmere Park, Ascott House, Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Rock Lane, Lammas Walk, Boss Avenue, Gilbert Mews, Roosevelt Avenue, Bunkers Lane, Victoria Road, Northcourt, Rannock Gardens, Adastral Avenue, The Maltings, Highfield Road, Commerce Way, Cotswold Drive, Dukes Ride, Basildon Court, Danes Way, Centauri Close, Primrose Gardens, Carnation Close, Ash Grange, Wheatfield Close, Beaudesert, Oxendon Court, Vicarage Gardens, Woodside Way, Capshill Avenue, Mill Road, Concord Way, Eriboll Close, Bassett Road, Robinswood Close, Blakedown Road, Cutlers Way, St Andrews Close, Grange Close, Stephenson Close, Epsom Close, Windsor Avenue, Leven Close, Church Street, Clay Furlong, Almond Road, Phoenix Close, Bushell Close, Atterbury Avenue, Lomond Drive, Billington Road, Grasmere Way, Station Road, Vimy Road.

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