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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard lays near to the boundary betwixt Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of around 37,000 and a historical past extending back to the days of the Romans, at which time the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is pretty much connected to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is roughly midway between Luton and Milton Keynes, it is found next to the Chilterns and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It is thought that there existed settlements in and near to what's now called Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, historical artifacts and coinage unearthed nearby show proof of this. The age-old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now called the A5, ran through the close by settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable approximately two thousand in years past, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at that time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who were using a market sometime in the 10th Century, and artefacts discovered suggest that they were inhabiting the local area almost certainly from the sixth century. The settlement existing then isn't referred to till 906 after the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) mentioned Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, embodied a significantly wider area than just the town itself, and covered the hamlets of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name seems to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece wasn't put in until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln found it a necessity to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" that he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to an assortment of tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger throughout the ensuing generations and the appearance of a canal and a railway in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and evolve. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a successful market town that has seen accelerated development in recent times.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for about 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Woburn Heritage Centre, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Dropshort Marsh, Leighton Lady Cruises, Grebe Canal Cruises, Mead Open Farm, Woburn Abbey, Aspley Woods, Toddington Manor Gardens, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Totternhoe Knolls, C2 Gallery.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Cleveland Drive, Stephenson Close, Ashburnham Crescent, Redwood Glade, Almond Road, Hydrus Drive, Highcroft, Grange Close, Rosebery Avenue, Plum Tree Lane, Millbank, Church Road, Ledburn Grove, Brooklands Drive, Hercules Close, Broomhills Road, Oak Bank Drive, Vicarage Gardens, Chiltern Gardens, Vandyke Road, Old Linslade Road, Lake Street, Blenheim Road, Ascot Drive, Nebular Court, South Street, Harcourt Close, Chestnut Rise, Wing Road, Churchill Road, East Street, Mountbatten Gardens, Church Avenue, Hollies Court, Linslade Road, Loyne Close, Orion Way, Soulbury Road, George Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Jupiter Drive, Poplar Close, White House Court, Enterprise Way, Rannock Gardens, Monarch Way, Deverell Way, Lyra Gardens, Johnson Drive, Harmony Row, Golden Riddy.

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