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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the boundary between Beds and Bucks, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of approximately 37,000 and a past harping back to the Roman period, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is pretty much joined to the adjacent town of Linslade and is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Beds), it is found very close to the Chiltern Hills and has an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's thought that there were settlements in and near to what's now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, old artefacts and coins stumbled on near by offer evidence of this fact. The old Watling Street (made by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately two thousand years ago, and the Romans will have at least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was they who set up a market sometime in the 10th Century, and artefacts found imply that they were inhabiting the locale quite likely from the sixth century. The village as such is not listed till 906 when the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book recognized Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, covered a lot larger area than only the town by itself, and comprised the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name appears to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not appended up until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from a different "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a great many tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement continued to grow over the coming years and the development of a railway service and a canal during the 19th Century saw the town expand and develop. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard can be described as a booming market town that's witnessed accelerated development in the last few years.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which extends for around 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line makes use of refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Ascott House, Totternhoe Knolls, C2 Gallery, Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Zoo, Aspley Woods, Woburn Heritage Centre, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Ouzel Meadows, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Woburn Abbey, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game, Ford End Watermill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Shenley Close, Draper Way, Bragenham Lane, Kiteleys Green, Grovebury Place Estate, Loyne Close, Neptune Gardens, Clipstone Crescent, Chestnut Hill, Mill Road, Capshill Avenue, Pegasus Road, Cedars Way, Dingle Dell, Roosevelt Avenue, Hartwell Grove, Malvern Drive, Firbank Way, Millers Close, Billington Court, Oatfield Gardens, The Wood, Garden Leys, Princes Court, Aquila Road, Bossard Court, George Street, Nebular Court, Brownslea, Vimy Road, Victoria Road, Rothschild Road, West Street, Cooper Drive, Lime Grove, Bushell Close, Sandy Lane, White House Court, Columba Drive, Doggett Street, Talbot Court, Soulbury Road, Churchill Road, Lincombe Slade, The Wharf, Barnabas Road, Ashburnham Crescent, Melfort Drive, Cotswold Drive, Corbet Ride, Hartwell Crescent.

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