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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the county border in between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population of around 37,000 and a historic past harping back to the Roman period, at which time the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjacent town of Linslade it is approximately mid-way between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is found near to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is believed that there existed settlements in and close to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, old relics and coins stumbled upon in close proximity show proof of this. The age old Watling Street (erected by the Romans), now known as the A5, went through the close by areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around 2,000 years ago, and the Romans should have at least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was Saxons who set up the market place during the tenth century, and relics discovered show that they were residing in the region in all likelihood from the sixth century. The village existing at that time wasn't cited until 906 when the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 recognised Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, embraced a significantly wider area than merely the town by itself, and integrated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not to be applied up until the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from another "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to a number of tenants over the centuries, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I through the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger through the coming decades and the arrival of a canal and a railway line in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and develop. Today's Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prospering market town which has seen increased development in the last few years.

Leighton Buzzard Attractions: The All Saints Church begun in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for around four mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Totternhoe Knolls, Woburn Heritage Centre, C2 Gallery, Ascott House, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Aspley Woods, Grebe Canal Cruises, Bluebell Wood, Ouzel Meadows, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Lady Cruises, Lancot Meadow, Pitstone Green Museum, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Rushmere Park, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Wheatfield Close, Grovebury Road, Coniston Road, Ashlong Close, Almond Road, The Gables, The Wharf, Lime Grove, Fyne Drive, West Street, Victoria Road, Rothschild Road, Neptune Gardens, Eriboll Close, Hanover Court, St George's Close, Steppingstone Place, Heath Park Road, Southcott Village, St Andrews Close, Draper Way, Hinton Close, Vimy Road, South Street, Billington Court, Lochy Drive, Concord Way, Carina Drive, Cutlers Way, Church Road, Mercury Way, Columba Drive, Middle Green, Southcourt Avenue, Marley Fields, Carlton Grove, Oatfield Gardens, Phoenix Close, Woodside Way, Northcourt, Summer Street, Apple Tree Close, Heath Road, Alwins Field, Fallowfield, Vicarage Road, Centauri Close, Malvern Drive, Goodman Drive, Roosevelt Avenue, Woodman Close.

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The above factfile could be helpful for adjacent districts that include: Stoke Hammond, Milton Bryant, Luton, Eggington, Mentmore, Battlesden, Great Brickhill, Houghton Regis, Wingrave, Little Brickhill, Slapton, Eaton Bray, Billington, Hockliffe, Wing, Grove, Soulbury, Stewkley, Clipstone, Little Billington, Heath and Reach, Bragenham, Cheddington, Linslade, Toddington, Wingfield, Briggington, Tebworth, Stanbridge, Burcott, Dunstable, Horton. Map - Weather