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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard stands close to the county boundary in between Bedfordshire and Bucks, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a story going back to the Roman era, when the historical Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is linked to the adjacent town of Linslade and is approximately midway between Luton and Milton Keynes, it is located near to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It is considered that there had been settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, old relics and coins stumbled upon near by give proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now known as the A5, cut through close by Dunstable and Hockliffe over two thousand in years past, and the Romans should have at least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who introduced a market sometime in the tenth century, and relics uncovered show that they were residing in the local area very likely from the sixth century. The village as such is not described till 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book documented Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, embodied a far larger area compared to the town alone, and integrated the hamlets of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name is thought to originated from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece wouldn't be added until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln found it desirable to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to various tenants over the centuries, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing during the following years and the establishing of of a canal and a railway during the Nineteenth Century saw the town expand and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard can be described as a prospering market town that's seen increased development in modern times.

Leighton Buzzard Attractions: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for roughly 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ford End Watermill, Toddington Manor Gardens, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Dropshort Marsh, Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone Windmill, Ouzel Meadows, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Woburn Heritage Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Ascott House, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Redwood Glade, Elliot Way, Sandy Lane, Deverell Way, Woodland Avenue, Highfield Road, Cedars Way, Leopold Road, The Wood, Lime Grove, Maree Close, Aquila Road, Doggett Street, Avery Close, Hartwell Grove, Carlton Grove, Chestnut Rise, Firbank Way, Craddocks Drive, Millers Close, Church Street, Rye Close, Stephenson Close, Cutlers Way, Mountbatten Gardens, Eriboll Close, Greaves Way, Princes Court, Heathwood Close, Centauri Close, Woodside Way, Soulbury Road, Neptune Gardens, Vandyke Road, Pulford Road, Cherrycourt Way, Crossway, Ship Road, Commerce Way, Springfield Road, Steppingstone Place, Coniston Road, Chiltern Gardens, Oak Bank Drive, Corbet Ride, Delamere Gardens, Clipstone Crescent, Wheatfield Close, Pennivale Close, Cheviot Close, Oakley Green.

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The above information will be helpful for neighbouring parishes which include: Bragenham, Soulbury, Battlesden, Eaton Bray, Stoke Hammond, Clipstone, Little Billington, Linslade, Wingfield, Mentmore, Great Brickhill, Toddington, Hockliffe, Briggington, Stanbridge, Stewkley, Slapton, Billington, Milton Bryant, Cheddington, Wingrave, Burcott, Dunstable, Horton, Luton, Heath and Reach, Tebworth, Wing, Eggington, Grove, Houghton Regis, Little Brickhill. Map - Weather