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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds in the East of England, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the boundary between Bucks and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a story extending back to the Roman era, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is pretty much connected to the adjoining town of Linslade and it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton, it can be found close to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard History: It is considered that there existed settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, age-old artefacts and coins discovered in close proximity show evidence of this. The old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now called the A5, passed through close by Hockliffe and Dunstable some two thousand yrs ago, and the Romans would have at least known of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were later followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who used the market place during the 10th Century, and antiquities uncovered indicate that they were settling the locale very likely from the sixth century. The settlement existing at this time is not documented until 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 mentioned Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, embraced a much larger area compared to the town alone, and included the hamlets of Eggington, Heath & Reach, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece wasn't inserted up until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to various tenants over the centuries, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town carried on expanding throughout the ensuing generations and the development of a canal and a railway during the 19th Century saw the town evolve and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town which has witnessed increased development in current times.

Attractions in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot 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 two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Rushmere Park, Lancot Meadow, Toddington Manor Gardens, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Mead Open Farm, Great Adventure Game, Grebe Canal Cruises, Woburn Heritage Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Totternhoe Knolls.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Cotefield Drive, Shepherds Mead, The Maltings, Pear Tree Lane, Danes Way, Meadway, Queen Street, St George's Close, Lywood Road, Bewdley Drive, Dingle Dell, Lovent Drive, Hillside Road, White House Court, Hydrus Drive, Digby Road, Wentworth Drive, North Street, Ledburn Grove, North Star Drive, Eriboll Close, Hornbeam Close, Clay Furlong, Omega Court, Church Street, Bushell Close, Stephenson Close, Richmond Road, Golden Riddy, Rock Close, Oxendon Court, Eden Way, Coniston Road, Millbank, Garden Leys, Old Road, Mill Road, Carlton Grove, Lammas Walk, Phoenix Close, Midway, Woodland Avenue, Hartwell Grove, Pennivale Close, Faulkner's Way, Upper Coombe, Riverside, Clarence Road, Springfield Road, Nevis Close, Linslade Road.

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This factfile should also be useful for surrounding parishes and towns for instance: Bragenham, Clipstone, Eaton Bray, Wing, Hockliffe, Houghton Regis, Cheddington, Toddington, Luton, Burcott, Stoke Hammond, Great Brickhill, Linslade, Little Brickhill, Billington, Slapton, Stanbridge, Wingrave, Little Billington, Briggington, Heath and Reach, Dunstable, Milton Bryant, Soulbury, Grove, Tebworth, Battlesden, Wingfield, Mentmore, Horton, Stewkley, Eggington. Map - Weather