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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard lies near the county boundary betwixt Bucks and Bedfordshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a populace of approximately 37,000 and a heritage extending back to Roman times, when the Roman built Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is linked to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is found next to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there had been settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, early artefacts and coins picked up nearby show proof of this. The age old Watling Street (put up by the Romans), now named the A5, came through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe over 2,000 in years past, and the Romans should have at the very least known of Leighton Buzzard during those times.

The Romans were later followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who introduced the market place during the tenth century, and relics stumbled upon suggest that they were staying in the locale undoubtedly from the sixth century. The settlement as it was wasn't referred to until 906 when the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) described Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, covered a substantially wider area than just the town itself, and covered the hamlets of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the town's name may well have been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not to be put in before the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln found it imperative to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to a variety of tenants over the eras, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow throughout the ensuing decades and the appearance of a railway and a canal during the Nineteenth Century saw it evolve and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town which has witnessed improved development in modern times.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for approximately 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Whipsnade Zoo, C2 Gallery, Pitstone Windmill, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Toddington Manor Gardens, Grebe Canal Cruises, Totternhoe Knolls, Ascott House, Pitstone Green Museum, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Woburn Abbey, Great Adventure Game, Woburn Heritage Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Bedford Street, Boss Avenue, Woodman Close, Doggett Street, Ashburnham Crescent, Springfield Road, Baker Street, Corbet Ride, Digby Road, Carnation Close, Mowbray Drive, West Street, Vandyke Road, Bridge Street, Craddocks Drive, Badgers Brook, Windermere Gardens, Lomond Drive, Clipstone Crescent, Cooper Drive, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Saxons Close, Derwent Road, Edward Street, Grove Place, Bragenham Lane, Lincombe Slade, Kiteleys Green, Church Road, Lindler Court, Hartwell Grove, Blakedown Road, Water Lane, Summer Street, Pear Tree Lane, Avery Close, Coniston Road, Redwood Glade, Cheviot Close, Phoenix Close, Barleycorn Close, South Street, Cherrycourt Way, Vicarage Gardens, Vimy Road, Shenley Close, Woburn Place, Chiltern Gardens, Concord Way, Bossard Court, Duncombe Drive.

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