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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard sits near to the county boundary betwixt Bucks and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a history going back to the Roman era, when the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is connected to the nearby town of Linslade and it is about halfway between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is situated near the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a vital sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is thought that there had been settlements in and near to what's now named Leighton Buzzard way back in unrecorded times, early artefacts and coinage uncovered near by show evidence of this fact. The age old Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now called the A5, cut through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately 2,000 years ago, and the Romans should have at the very least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Romans were later followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who were using the market place during the tenth century, and relics picked up show that they were inhabiting the region in all probability since the 6th Century. The settlement as it was wasn't cited till 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) specified Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, comprised a lot wider area than just the town itself, and integrated the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component wasn't added prior to the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from yet another "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to several tenants over the years, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger during the coming generations and the appearance of a railway line and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town develop and expand. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a thriving market town which has witnessed improved development in the last few years.

Places of Interest Around Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for approximately 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line makes use of restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park spanning forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Great Adventure Game, Rushmere Park, Leighton Lady Cruises, Mead Open Farm, Ascott House, Pitstone Green Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Ford End Watermill, Bluebell Wood, Grebe Canal Cruises, C2 Gallery, Woburn Abbey, Aspley Woods.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Windermere Gardens, Rannock Gardens, Grovebury Place Estate, Old Linslade Road, Queen Street, Chaloner Court, Lomond Drive, Blenheim Road, Delamere Gardens, Riverside, Basildon Court, Pulford Road, Harcourt Close, Cotswold Drive, Gemini Close, Eriboll Close, Barnabas Road, Lywood Road, Clay Furlong, Pine Close, Shepherds Mead, Broomhills Road, Cedars Way, Ullswater Drive, George Street, Hinton Close, Reeve Close, Marley Fields, Coniston Road, Midway, Weston Avenue, Concord Way, Mill Road, Hydrus Drive, Brownslea, Grange Close, Lochy Drive, South Street, Hockliffe Road, Chestnut Hill, Hartwell Grove, Grove Place, Taylor's Ride, Southcott Village, Cutlers Way, Wyngates, Lee Don Furlong, Milebush, West Street, Oxendon Court, Kendal Gardens.

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