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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds, the market town of Leighton Buzzard is right on the border between Bedfordshire and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of around 37,000 and a historic past 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 adjacent town of Linslade and it's approximately midway between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it can be found very close to the Chilterns and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's believed that there had been settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to unrecorded times, old artefacts and coinage found in close proximity offer evidence of this. The age-old Watling Street (put up by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe over 2,000 years ago, and the Romans will have at least known of Leighton Buzzard during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who were using a market during the tenth century, and artefacts found indicate that they were settling the vicinity possibly since the 6th Century. The village as such was not listed until 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book reported Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, embodied a much greater area than simply the town alone, and covered the settlements of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not to be put in prior to the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from the other "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to many different tenants through the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding throughout the succeeding decades and the development of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw the town develop and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a booming market town which has seen increased development in recent times.

Tourist Attractions in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, along with its 190 foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for roughly 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway employs reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: C2 Gallery, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Woburn Abbey, Ford End Watermill, Mead Open Farm, Ascott House, Bluebell Wood, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Windmill, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Aspley Woods, Woburn Heritage Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Dropshort Marsh.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Millbank, Gemini Close, Pennivale Close, North Star Drive, Grange Close, Boss Avenue, Village Court, Orion Way, Market Square, Grove Road, Bunkers Lane, Brooklands Avenue, The Paddocks, Cotswold Drive, Rock Close, Hinton Close, Church Road, Mowbray Drive, Claridge Close, Dudley Street, Broomhills Road, Montgomery Close, Johnson Drive, Aquila Road, Southcott Village, Adams Bottom, Wyngates, Blakedown Road, Redwood Glade, Baker Street, Centauri Close, Pine Close, Bossington Lane, Vicarage Gardens, Ascot Drive, Highfield Road, The Wharf, Southcourt Road, Hartwell Grove, Loyne Close, Heath Court, Lomond Drive, Old Road, Vicarage Road, St Andrew's Street, Pegasus Road, Millstream Way, Pear Tree Lane, Mentmore Road, Duncombe Drive, Old Linslade Road.

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