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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard lies right on the county boundary between Beds and Buckinghamshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of around 37,000 and a history stretching back to the days of the Romans, when the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is connected to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is roughly midway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it lies very close to the Chilterns and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there had been settlements in or around what's now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, historic artifacts and coins picked up nearby show evidence of this. The early Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now termed the A5, came through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe about 2,000 years back, and the Romans should have at the very least been aware of Leighton Buzzard during those times.

The Romans were ultimately followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who used the market place in around the tenth century, and artifacts stumbled upon show that they were dwelling in the local area possibly since the 6th Century. The village as it was then wasn't mentioned until 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) mentioned Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, incorporated a substantially wider area compared to the town itself, and included the settlements of Eggington, Billington, Stanbridge and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to originated from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part wasn't put on till the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the ages, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow throughout the following generations and the appearance of a canal and a railway in the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and expand. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be termed a busy market town that has witnessed improved development in recent years.

Tourist Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church first built in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which operates for approximately four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line employs refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park spanning 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Dunstable Leisure Centre, Mead Open Farm, Aspley Woods, Woburn Abbey, Great Adventure Game, Dunstable Downs, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Ascott House, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, C2 Gallery, Bluebell Wood, Leighton Lady Cruises, Grebe Canal Cruises, Pitstone Windmill, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Cleveland Drive, Barnabas Road, King Street, Globe Lane, Rothschild Road, Bassett Road, Woburn Place, Hockliffe Road, Wing Road, Cooper Drive, Greaves Way, Pine Close, Willow Bank Walk, Melfort Drive, Mill Road, Summer Street, Billington Court, Lathwell Way, Corbet Ride, Nelson Road, Chaloner Court, Ascot Drive, Reeve Close, Commerce Way, Carron Close, Grovebury Road, The Vyne, Friday Street, Sandy Lane, Old Chapel Mews, Montgomery Close, Adastral Avenue, Russell Way, Greenlands, Derwent Road, Adams Bottom, Mentmore Gardens, East Street, Market Square, Epsom Close, Beech Grove, Queen Street, Hollies Court, Poplar Close, Golden Riddy, Calder Gardens, West Street, Garden Leys, Avery Close, Millers Close, Fallowfield.

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