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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard is near to the county border betwixt Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a population close to thirty seven thousand and a story extending back to the era of the Romans, at which time the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is linked to the adjoining town of Linslade and it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it lays near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is thought that there had been settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coins picked up in close proximity offer evidence of this fact. The historic Watling Street (built by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through nearby Hockliffe and Dunstable some 2,000 in years past, and the Romans will have at least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who were using a market in about the 10th Century, and antiquities stumbled upon show that they were residing in the region probably from the 6th Century. The settlement as it was then is not reported till 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book identified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, covered a way greater area than simply the town alone, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name could quite possibly have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not put in until the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to various tenants through the generations, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger during the succeeding generations and the arrival of a railway line and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town grow and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town which has witnessed greater development in the last few years.

Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church dating from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for approximately four mls from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Ascott House, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Downs, Lancot Meadow, Toddington Manor Gardens, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Bluebell Wood, Whipsnade Zoo, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Windmill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Bedford Street, Village Court, The Vyne, Princes Court, Ashburnham Crescent, Ashwell Street, Brooklands Avenue, Clipstone Crescent, Bideford Green, Knaves Hill, Steppingstone Place, Rock Close, Ash Grange, Grove Place, Aries Court, Water Lane, Chartmoor Road, Ascot Drive, Avery Close, Bushell Close, Meadow Way, Chelsea Green, Hillside Road, Hartwell Grove, Talbot Court, Brownslea, Russell Way, Bassett Road, Ash Grove, Acacia Close, Falcon Mews, Pear Tree Lane, Jupiter Drive, Corbet Ride, Croxley Court, Chestnut Rise, Pulford Road, St George's Close, Mentmore Road, East Street, Edward Street, Hydrus Drive, Grovebury Place Estate, Wentworth Drive, Richmond Road, Columba Drive, Bossington Lane, Lywood Road, Kiteleys Green, Adastral Avenue, Grove Road.

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