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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard is near to the county boundary in between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population close to 37,000 and a historic past extending back to the days of the Romans, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is pretty much joined to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is approximately midway between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton, it is situated very close to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It's thought that there existed settlements in and near to what's now called Leighton Buzzard going back to unrecorded times, ancient relics and coinage unearthed in close proximity show proof of this. The age old Watling Street (made by the Romans), now known as the A5, went through neighbouring Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately two thousand years back, and the Romans would have at least known of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who introduced the market place sometime in the tenth century, and relics found suggest that they were dwelling in the vicinity quite likely from the 6th Century. The village as such was not mentioned until 906 after the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book listed Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, comprised a way wider area compared to the town by itself, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name may have been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component wouldn't be added on until the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to an assortment of tenants through the eras, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger throughout the ensuing generations and the arrival of a railway line and a canal in the 19th Century saw it grow and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town which has seen increased development in the past few decades.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which runs for around 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway makes use of restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Ford End Watermill, Totternhoe Knolls, Leighton Lady Cruises, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Grebe Canal Cruises, Dropshort Marsh, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Toddington Manor Gardens, C2 Gallery, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Bluebell Wood, Whipsnade Zoo, Pitstone Green Museum, Aspley Woods.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Brooklands Avenue, Apple Tree Close, Grovebury Road, Woburn Place, South Street, Clipstone Crescent, Dudley Street, Market Square, Mentmore Gardens, Stoke Road, George Street, Shenley Close, Faulkner's Way, Church Street, Delamere Gardens, Laurel Mews, Churchill Road, Hockliffe Street, Grasmere Way, Taylor's Ride, Roosevelt Avenue, North Street, Lywood Road, Miletree Court, Craddocks Drive, Talbot Court, Leopold Road, Mercury Way, Lomond Drive, Millers Close, Plum Tree Lane, Rowley Furrows, Crossway, Cotswold Drive, St Andrews Close, Nelson Road, Heath Park Drive, The Vyne, Willow Bank Walk, Northcourt, Regent Street, Heath Court, Hockliffe Road, Waterdell, Hydrus Drive, Hawthorne Close, Hanover Court, Himley Green, Shenley Hill Road, Elliot Way, Plantation Road.

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