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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard sits very close to the county boundary in between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of around thirty seven thousand and a history going back to Roman times, at which time the early Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the adjacent town of Linslade and it's roughly halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it can be found close to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there had been settlements in or around what is now named Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, historical artifacts and coins picked up in close proximity show evidence of this fact. The old Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now named the A5, ran through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable roughly 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at the very least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who used a market in about the tenth century, and antiquities stumbled upon suggest that they were settling the region undoubtedly since the 6th Century. The settlement as it was wasn't reported until 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) recognized Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, embraced a much wider area than only the town by itself, and consisted of the hamlets of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name appears to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part wasn't appended till the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from yet another "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants over the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement continued to grow through the succeeding years and the construction of a canal and a railway service during the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and expand. Today's Leighton Buzzard is a bustling market town that has witnessed increased development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for roughly four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Great Adventure Game, Woburn Abbey, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Downs, Pitstone Green Museum, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, C2 Gallery, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Leighton Lady Cruises, Ford End Watermill, Ascott House, Rushmere Park, Whipsnade Zoo, Lancot Meadow, Dunstable Leisure Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Orion Way, Steppingstone Place, Hanover Court, Plantation Road, Market Square, Hercules Close, Hollies Court, Sandy Lane, Eriboll Close, The Martins Drive, Friday Street, Cotefield Drive, Queen Street, Weston Avenue, Grasmere Way, Firbank Way, Columba Drive, Shepherds Mead, Old Linslade Road, Southcourt Avenue, Millstream Way, Globe Lane, Cygnus Drive, Bridge Street, Primrose Gardens, Carron Close, Mill Road, Woodland Avenue, Carina Drive, Lake Street, Wentworth Drive, Woodside Way, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Pear Tree Lane, East Street, Heath Road, Durrell Close, Pulford Road, Dukes Ride, Danes Way, Montgomery Close, Baker Street, Hartwell Grove, Grove Road, Nevis Close, Robinswood Close, Carlton Grove, Church Street, Brooklands Avenue, Clipstone Crescent, Brook Street.

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