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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the county boundary betwixt Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population of about 37,000 and a heritage harping back to Roman days, when the historical A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is attached to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it's approximately mid-way between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it is located next to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there were settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, age-old relics and coins found nearby show evidence of this. The historic Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now identified as the A5, passed through the nearby areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable about two thousand in years past, and the Romans would have at least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who developed a market in around the tenth century, and relics uncovered show that they were inhabiting the vicinity undoubtedly since the sixth century. The settlement existing then was not listed until 906 when the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book identified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, covered a substantially bigger area compared to the town alone, and integrated the hamlets of Billington, Stanbridge, Heath & Reach and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name seems to originated from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part was not to be put in prior to the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln found it appropriate to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to a great many tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger through the following decades and the establishing of of a railway line and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw the town grow and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a prospering market town that's witnessed increased development in recent times.

Places to Visit Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for approximately 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line uses reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Woburn Heritage Centre, Totternhoe Knolls, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Ascott House, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Grebe Canal Cruises, Whipsnade Zoo, Dropshort Marsh, Pitstone Green Museum, Mead Open Farm, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Pitstone Windmill, Dunstable Downs.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Cygnus Drive, Bridge Street, Carina Drive, Victoria Road, Chamberlains Gardens, Falcon Mews, Meadway, Dove Tree Road, Chelsea Green, Willow Bank Walk, Church Road, Garden Hedge, Woodman Close, Craddocks Drive, Lathwell Way, Grovebury Road, Plantation Road, Southcourt Avenue, Heathwood Close, Chaloner Court, North Street, The Wharf, George Street, Millstream Way, Ashwell Street, The Walnuts, Draper Way, Brownslea, Bideford Green, Orion Way, Elliot Way, Capshill Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Billington Road, Sandy Lane, Epsom Close, Melfort Drive, Billington Court, St Andrews Close, Fyne Drive, Hartwell Crescent, Talbot Court, Queen Street, Soulbury Road, Bunkers Lane, Bassett Road, Cetus Crescent, Drakes Avenue, The Paddocks, Kiteleys Green, Mentmore Road.

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