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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the boundary in between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a resident population close to 37,000 and a history extending back to the era of the Romans, when the early A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjoining town of Linslade and it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it sits close to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is thought that there existed settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard way back in prehistoric times, early relics and coinage unearthed nearby show proof of this fact. The old Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now known as the A5, passed through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe roughly two thousand years back, and the Romans will have at the very least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who introduced a market sometime in the 10th Century, and artifacts stumbled on denote that they were dwelling in the neighbourhood probably since the 6th Century. The village as such was not observed till 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) recognised Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, covered a significantly bigger area than only the town by itself, and covered the settlements of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element was not inserted before the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the eras, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow through the coming decades and the building of a canal and a railway service during the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and develop. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a blooming market town that's witnessed greater development in recent years.

Things to Do in and Near Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for around four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs, Dropshort Marsh, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Abbey, Ascott House, Pitstone Green Museum, C2 Gallery, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Lady Cruises, Whipsnade Zoo, Toddington Manor Gardens, Woburn Heritage Centre, Rushmere Park, Ouzel Meadows.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Heath Park Road, Coniston Road, Ascot Drive, Woodman Close, Robinswood Close, Atterbury Avenue, Redwood Glade, Brooklands Drive, Woodland Avenue, Fyne Drive, Cherrycourt Way, Epsom Close, Windsor Avenue, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Miles Avenue, Greaves Way, Nevis Close, Pulford Road, Station Road, Hercules Close, Gilbert Mews, Delamere Gardens, Falcon Mews, Nebular Court, Millstream Way, Heath Court, Southcourt Road, Saxons Close, Apple Tree Close, Knaves Hill, Market Square, Mentmore Gardens, Reeve Close, Heathwood Close, Lake Street, Centauri Close, Lovent Drive, Regent Street, Himley Green, Princes Court, The Walnuts, Pine Close, Wing Road, Saturn Close, Lyra Gardens, Wentworth Drive, Chartmoor Road, Oatfield Gardens, Plantation Road, Rannock Gardens, Pegasus Road.

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