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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard lies right on the border between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a historic past extending back to the days of the Romans, at which time the ancient Watling St (now the A-5) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the neighbouring town of Linslade it is about midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it lays close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has an important quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is believed that there existed settlements in and near to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard way back in unrecorded times, historical relics and coins uncovered nearby show evidence of this fact. The age old Watling Street (put up by the Romans), now named the A5, came through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe around about 2,000 in years past, and the Romans should have at the very least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who used the market place during the tenth century, and antiquities unearthed imply that they were inhabiting the local area more than likely from the 6th Century. The commune as it was then is not described until 906 after the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book recognised Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, embraced a way greater area than just the town alone, and covered the settlements of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not to be included until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln needed to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to an assortment of tenants through the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger during the coming decades and the development of a railway service and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and evolve. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town which has seen increased development in current times.

Places of Interest in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for about 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway makes use of reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Ascott House, Aspley Woods, Dropshort Marsh, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Windmill, C2 Gallery, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum, Woburn Heritage Centre, Ford End Watermill, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Totternhoe Knolls.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Linwood Grove, Soulbury Road, Fallowfield, Bunkers Lane, Almond Road, Grange Close, Nelson Road, Windsor Avenue, The Gables, Ridgeley Drive, Cleveland Drive, Milebush, Cotefield Drive, Southcourt Road, Hinton Close, Columba Drive, Springfield Road, Leven Close, Plantation Road, Orchard Drive, Brooklands Avenue, The Wharf, Baker Street, George Street, Firs Path, Globe Lane, Avery Close, Carnation Close, Primrose Gardens, Nebular Court, Blenheim Road, Kendal Gardens, Oakridge Park, Cygnus Drive, Rock Lane, Grove Place, Poplar Close, Omega Court, Faulkner's Way, Adams Bottom, Coniston Road, Grasmere Way, Digby Road, Village Court, Lathwell Way, Crossway, Vandyke Road, Lake Street, Oak Bank Drive, Blakedown Road, Copper Beech Way.

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This information and facts ought to be pertinent for surrounding villages and parishes in particular: Clipstone, Briggington, Wing, Houghton Regis, Luton, Cheddington, Milton Bryant, Eaton Bray, Battlesden, Slapton, Eggington, Dunstable, Burcott, Little Brickhill, Stoke Hammond, Mentmore, Grove, Wingrave, Wingfield, Heath and Reach, Great Brickhill, Stanbridge, Soulbury, Horton, Linslade, Tebworth, Hockliffe, Little Billington, Toddington, Bragenham, Stewkley, Billington. Map - Weather