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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard lies near the county border betwixt Beds and Bucks, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of about thirty seven thousand and a past stretching back to the times of the Romans, at which time the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the nearby town of Linslade and is about halfway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is located near to the Chilterns and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there existed settlements in and close to what is now called Leighton Buzzard way back in prehistoric times, old artefacts and coins unearthed nearby show evidence of this fact. The ancient Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through the neighbouring areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe around 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was them who used the market place during the tenth century, and relics stumbled upon suggest that they were dwelling in the vicinity quite likely since the sixth century. The village as it was then was not reported till 906 when the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book recognized Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, embraced a far wider area than just the town alone, and comprised the settlements of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wasn't included before the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" that he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a variety of tenants through the generations, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing throughout the coming decades and the development of a railway and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town expand and develop. Today's Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a successful market town that has seen improved development in modern times.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church dating from 1277, along with its 190 foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for roughly four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Downs, Mead Open Farm, Rushmere Park, Ascott House, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Bluebell Wood, Lancot Meadow, Ouzel Meadows, Great Adventure Game, Toddington Manor Gardens, Pitstone Windmill, Dropshort Marsh, C2 Gallery.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Ash Grove, Bedford Street, Brooklands Drive, Cotefield Drive, Gilbert Mews, Cetus Crescent, Pegasus Road, The Wharf, Hawthorne Close, Chiltern Gardens, Water Lane, The Heath, Ashburnham Crescent, Springfield Road, Bideford Green, Heath Park Road, Bunkers Lane, Barnabas Road, Badgers Brook, Goodman Drive, Plantation Road, Hydrus Drive, Billington Road, Robinswood Close, St George's Close, Pulford Road, Craddocks Drive, Apple Tree Close, Ship Road, Kiteleys Green, Wing Road, Blakedown Road, Ashwell Street, Billington Court, Capshill Avenue, Nebular Court, Derwent Road, Highfield Road, Phoenix Close, Hillside Road, Acacia Close, Finch Crescent, Garden Leys, Cleveland Drive, Lyra Gardens, Bramble Close, Corbet Ride, Brooklands Avenue, Heath Court, Bushell Close, Shenley Close.

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