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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard sits near the county border betwixt Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of approximately 37,000 and a story extending back to Roman days, at which time the historical A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is pretty much connected to the nearby town of Linslade and it is approximately midway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it is situated very close to the Chilterns and boasts a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's felt that there were settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, old artefacts and coins picked up in close proximity show evidence of this. The historical Watling Street (built by the Romans), now known as the A5, passed through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable approximately 2,000 in years past, and the Romans will have at least known of the village at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who set up the market place sometime in the 10th Century, and antiquities stumbled on show that they were settling the locale very likely since the sixth century. The settlement existing at that time isn't cited until 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book talked about Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, encompassed a far larger area than simply the town alone, and included the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Billington, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name may well have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not to be inserted till the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln needed to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to numerous tenants over the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow during the following generations and the building of a canal and a railway in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and grow. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prospering market town which has witnessed accelerated development in modern times.

Tourist Attractions Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church started in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which operates for roughly four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park occupying forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Whipsnade Zoo, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Totternhoe Knolls, Toddington Manor Gardens, Mead Open Farm, Great Adventure Game, Lancot Meadow, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Woburn Heritage Centre, Pitstone Windmill, C2 Gallery, Dunstable Downs, Woburn Abbey, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Aspley Woods.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Lime Grove, Jupiter Drive, Bragenham Lane, Cotswold Drive, Rothschild Road, Shenley Hill Road, Lathwell Way, Hawthorne Close, Windermere Gardens, Highfield Road, Woodside Way, Vicarage Road, Carina Drive, Durrell Close, Barnabas Road, Blenheim Road, Mentmore Gardens, Harrow Road, Badgers Brook, Duncombe Drive, Billington Road, Brownslea, Shepherds Mead, Craddocks Drive, Leighton Road, Carnation Close, Bedford Street, Southcourt Road, Russell Way, Village Court, Clarence Road, Southcourt Avenue, Fallowfield, Avery Close, Chelsea Green, Ledburn Grove, Hillside Road, Bewdley Drive, Redwood Glade, Croxley Court, Orion Way, Church Road, Mardle Road, Millbank, Lyra Gardens, Victoria Road, Drakes Avenue, Lywood Road, Pegasus Road, Concord Way, Cygnus Drive.

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