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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the border between Bucks and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a populace of around thirty seven thousand and a history going back to the days of the Romans, at which time the historical Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the adjacent town of Linslade and it's roughly mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes, it sits next to the Chiltern Hills and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is thought that there were settlements in and close to what is now called Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, historic artifacts and coins discovered nearby give evidence of this. The early Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through the neighbouring towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe over 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans should have at the very least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at that time.

The Romans were eventually followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who set up a market in around the tenth century, and artifacts picked up show that they were inhabiting the area quite likely since the 6th Century. The village as it was isn't mentioned till 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book outlined Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, comprised a considerably larger area than merely the town alone, and integrated the settlements of Eggington, Heath & Reach, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the town's name appears to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element did not get appended prior to the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from another "Leighton" that he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to various tenants over the eras, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger through the ensuing decades and the appearance of a canal and a railway service during the 19th Century saw the town develop and expand. Today's Leighton Buzzard is a successful market town that's seen increased development in the past few years.

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

Also: Dropshort Marsh, Woburn Heritage Centre, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Ascott House, Totternhoe Knolls, Leighton Lady Cruises, C2 Gallery, Pitstone Windmill, Lancot Meadow, Toddington Manor Gardens, Whipsnade Zoo, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Station Road, Pegasus Road, East Street, Newman Way, Orion Way, Bassett Road, Churchill Road, Hawthorne Close, Hinton Close, Hillside Road, Market Square, The Walnuts, Church Square, Leven Close, Faulkner's Way, Old Chapel Mews, Ash Grove, Mentmore Road, Fallowfield, Harcourt Close, Basildon Court, Church Avenue, Lochy Drive, Meadow Way, Hockliffe Road, Church Road, Copper Beech Way, Rowley Furrows, Miles Avenue, St Mary's Way, Grovebury Road, Cleveland Drive, Lyra Gardens, Firs Path, Avery Close, St Andrews Close, Rock Close, Cutlers Way, Shepherds Mead, Himley Green, Heath Road, Chamberlains Gardens, Deverell Way, Mountbatten Gardens, North Street, Clarence Road, Lomond Drive, Hercules Close, Maree Close, Grovebury Place Estate, Woodland Avenue.

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