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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a population of around thirty seven thousand and a past going back to Roman times, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is connected to the nearby town of Linslade and it's approximately mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it sits next to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's considered that there had been settlements in and near to what is now called Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, ancient artifacts and coinage found nearby offer proof of this. The olden Watling Street (made by the Romans), now termed the A5, came through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe roughly 2,000 in years past, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who used a market in around the tenth century, and artifacts uncovered show that they were settling the region more than likely since the 6th Century. The commune existing then was not observed till 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book described Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, covered a lot larger area than just the town alone, and incorporated the settlements of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wouldn't be included up until the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln found it imperative to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" that he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants over the centuries, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow throughout the succeeding years and the arrival of a canal and a railway service in the 19th Century saw it expand and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard can be described as a prospering market town which has seen increased development in current times.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church initiated in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for roughly four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: C2 Gallery, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Abbey, Pitstone Windmill, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Totternhoe Knolls, Great Adventure Game, Dropshort Marsh, Pitstone Green Museum, Ascott House, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Ash Grove, Blakedown Road, Riverside, Willow Bank Walk, Middle Green, Laurel Mews, Wheatfield Close, Church Street, Richmond Road, Water Lane, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Poplar Close, Brownslea, Orchard Drive, Camberton Road, Chamberlains Gardens, Albany Road, Atterbury Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Milebush, Mountbatten Gardens, Bewdley Drive, Adastral Avenue, Eden Way, Gemini Close, Upper Coombe, Vicarage Gardens, Delamere Gardens, Rowley Furrows, Oakley Green, Stanbridge Road, Crossway, Meadway, Nebular Court, Melfort Drive, Heath Park Road, Billington Court, Cleveland Drive, Vimy Road, Himley Green, Shenley Close, Mentmore Gardens, Deverell Way, Harcourt Close, Kendal Gardens, Capshill Avenue, Fallowfield, Mill Road, Chartmoor Road, Durrell Close, Centauri Close.

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