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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the delightful town of Leighton Buzzard stands very near to the county boundary between Bucks and Bedfordshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a past extending back to the Roman period, at which time the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the nearby town of Linslade and is about mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is located next to the Chiltern Hills and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is believed that there were settlements in and close to what's now called Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, old artefacts and coinage discovered nearby offer proof of this fact. The old Watling Street (engineered by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, ran through close by Hockliffe and Dunstable about two thousand years back, and the Romans should have at least known of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was Saxons who set up a market during the 10th Century, and relics uncovered show that they were inhabiting the locale most likely since the 6th Century. The commune as it was is not remarked upon until 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) talked about Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, encompassed a lot greater area than only the town alone, and comprised the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name seems to been taken from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section was not included before the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" that he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants through the generations, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger through the ensuing generations and the arrival of a canal and a railway in the 19th Century saw the town evolve and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town that's witnessed accelerated development in the recent past.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: The All Saints Church begun in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for about four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Mead Open Farm, Rushmere Park, Dropshort Marsh, Woburn Heritage Centre, Great Adventure Game, Lancot Meadow, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Totternhoe Knolls, Whipsnade Zoo, Grebe Canal Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Woburn Place, Himley Green, Stanbridge Road, Grovebury Place Estate, Mercury Way, Commerce Way, Dukes Ride, Pulford Road, Miletree Court, Lathwell Way, St Mary's Way, Firs Path, Heath Road, Albany Road, St George's Close, The Wharf, Cleveland Drive, Rowley Furrows, Digby Road, Meadway, Marley Fields, Vandyke Road, The Gables, Village Court, Mardle Road, Mill Road, Mentmore Gardens, Wentworth Drive, Hanover Court, Wing Road, Chartmoor Road, Chestnut Rise, Waterdell, Durrell Close, Grasmere Way, The Vyne, Phoenix Close, Sandhills, Dudley Street, Russell Way, Linwood Grove, Roosevelt Avenue, Meadow Way, Brownslea, George Street, Cotefield Drive, Greenhill, Broomhills Road, Tindall Avenue, Lomond Drive, Crossway.

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