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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard sits right on the county border betwixt Beds and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of about 37,000 and a past extending back to Roman times, at which time the Roman built Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjacent town of Linslade and it's approximately mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it can be found close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, historic relics and coinage picked up nearby give proof of this. The longstanding Watling Street (built by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through neighbouring Dunstable and Hockliffe about 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans should have at least been aware of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who set up a market sometime in the tenth century, and artifacts found suggest that they were dwelling in the region quite likely from the 6th Century. The commune as such isn't discussed till 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book recognized Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, embraced a significantly bigger area than only the town by itself, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section was not to be appended till the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to a variety of tenants over the generations, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow during the coming decades and the appearance of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw the town develop and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a successful market town which has seen increased development in modern times.

Leighton Buzzard Places to Visit: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which goes for roughly 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: C2 Gallery, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Downs, Woburn Heritage Centre, Pitstone Windmill, Ford End Watermill, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ouzel Meadows, Leighton Lady Cruises, Mead Open Farm, Ascott House, Grebe Canal Cruises, Lancot Meadow, Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Hollies Court, Lee Don Furlong, Plantation Road, Loyne Close, The Walnuts, Rowley Furrows, Morar Close, Boss Avenue, Plum Tree Lane, Leighton Road, Newman Way, Appenine Way, Aries Court, Digby Road, Hockliffe Street, Hercules Close, West Street, Marley Fields, Oak Bank Drive, Weston Avenue, Ash Grove, Meadow Way, The Paddocks, Winston Close, Woburn Place, Bedford Street, Omega Court, Old Linslade Road, Millstream Way, Mentmore Gardens, St Mary's Way, Heath Park Road, Pennivale Close, Pine Close, Cheviot Close, Rothschild Road, Southcott Village, Old Chapel Mews, Cedars Way, The Maltings, Globe Lane, Southcourt Road, Church Square, Jupiter Drive, Carron Close, Albany Road, Bragenham Lane, St Leonard's Close, Grovebury Road, Hinton Close, Dudley Street.

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