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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the delightful town of Leighton Buzzard is near to the border in between Bucks and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of approximately 37,000 and a past going back to the times of the Romans, when the historic Watling St (now the A-5) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjoining town of Linslade and it is roughly halfway between Luton and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it is located near to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It's believed that there had been settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coins uncovered in the area offer evidence of this. The ancient Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now known as the A5, passed through the close by areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable some 2,000 in years past, and the Romans should have at least known of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who set up the market place sometime in the tenth century, and relics found show that they were residing in the area quite possibly from the 6th Century. The settlement existing then is not cited until 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book documented Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, incorporated a considerably bigger area than simply the town alone, and incorporated the hamlets of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion wasn't included prior to the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a variety of tenants over the eras, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger throughout the ensuing generations and the arrival of a railway line and a canal in the 19th Century saw it grow and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a successful market town that's witnessed accelerated development in modern times.

Places to Visit in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for roughly 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Ouzel Meadows, Ford End Watermill, Bluebell Wood, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs, Dropshort Marsh, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ascott House, Pitstone Green Museum, Rushmere Park, Aspley Woods, Woburn Abbey, Whipsnade Zoo, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Lady Cruises, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: The Paddocks, Wentworth Drive, Millers Close, Ridgeley Drive, Talbot Court, Pegasus Road, Friday Street, The Vyne, Greenhill, Billington Road, Mountbatten Gardens, Baker Street, Rothschild Road, Eriboll Close, Hartwell Grove, Clay Furlong, Brownslea, North Street, Grove Place, Cheviot Close, Aries Court, St Leonard's Close, Neptune Gardens, Blenheim Road, Oak Bank Drive, Deverell Way, St Andrews Close, West Street, Steppingstone Place, Aquila Road, Plantation Road, Delamere Gardens, Fallowfield, Plum Tree Lane, Apple Tree Close, Stephenson Close, Vicarage Gardens, Cotswold Drive, Golden Riddy, Station Road, Camberton Road, Craddocks Drive, Bunkers Lane, Bragenham Lane, Mentmore Road, Soulbury Road, Summer Street, Knaves Hill, Bedford Street, Harcourt Close, Blakedown Road.

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