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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard stands near the county border betwixt Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of around 37,000 and a historical past going back to the Roman era, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the nearby town of Linslade and is roughly mid-way between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is located near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It is felt that there existed settlements in or around what's now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, ancient artifacts and coinage unearthed in the area offer proof of this. The olden Watling Street (made by the Romans), now termed the A5, passed through the nearby towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans should have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Romans were later followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who used the market place in about the tenth century, and relics discovered suggest that they were residing in the vicinity quite likely since the 6th Century. The village as such isn't discussed until 906 after the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) described Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, encompassed a significantly larger area than simply the town itself, and consisted of 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" part did not get put in till the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from yet another "Leighton" that he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to several tenants over the centuries, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even larger over the ensuing generations and the arrival of a canal and a railway line during the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and grow. Today's Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a busy market town which has witnessed accelerated development in modern times.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for about four miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Toddington Manor Gardens, Ouzel Meadows, Woburn Heritage Centre, Woburn Abbey, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs, Ford End Watermill, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, C2 Gallery, Lancot Meadow, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Windmill, Grebe Canal Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Chestnut Rise, Princes Court, Vicarage Road, Lovent Drive, Draper Way, Soulbury Road, Camberton Road, Drakes Avenue, Lindler Court, Wing Road, Columba Drive, Calder Gardens, Winston Close, Bewdley Drive, Coniston Road, Nelson Road, Eden Way, Friday Street, Ash Grange, Regent Street, Hollies Court, Woodland Avenue, Waterdell, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Heath Park Drive, Gilbert Mews, Water Lane, Heathwood Close, Millbank, Rosebery Avenue, Woodman Close, Adams Bottom, Carron Close, Hockliffe Street, Meadway, Pennivale Close, Concord Way, Copper Beech Way, Bragenham Lane, Linwood Grove, Durrell Close, Derwent Road, Hawthorne Close, Monarch Way, Cooper Drive, The Chilterns, Church Road, Oxendon Court, Avery Close, Windermere Gardens, Brownslea.

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