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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Set within the county of Beds in the East of England, the town of Leighton Buzzard lies near to the county boundary in between Bucks and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a resident population of about 37,000 and a historic past harping back to the times of the Romans, when the early A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is linked to the adjacent town of Linslade it is roughly midway between Luton and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it sits near the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's thought that there were settlements in and close to what is now called Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, historical relics and coinage stumbled upon near by give proof of this fact. The early Watling Street (erected by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through neighbouring Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately two thousand yrs ago, and the Romans should have at the very least been aware of the village at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was Saxons who set up a market sometime in the tenth century, and artefacts uncovered show that they were residing in the region in all likelihood from the 6th Century. The village existing at that time wasn't cited till 906 after the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book documented Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, incorporated a considerably greater area compared to the town alone, and integrated the hamlets of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component did not get added on prior to the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to a variety of tenants over the eras, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town carried on growing through the following years and the coming of a railway line and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and evolve. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a bustling market town which has witnessed greater development in the last few years.

Places to Visit in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church dating from 1277, together with its 190 foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for about four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm, Dropshort Marsh, Woburn Heritage Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Great Adventure Game, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Woburn Abbey.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: The Chilterns, North Street, Ascot Drive, Atterbury Avenue, Soulbury Road, Leighton Road, South Street, Commerce Way, Adastral Avenue, Garden Leys, Stratton Mews, Firs Path, Digby Road, Hercules Close, Durrell Close, Coniston Road, Brooklands Avenue, Kendal Gardens, The Heath, Mercury Way, Chamberlains Gardens, Millstream Way, North Star Drive, Village Court, Centauri Close, Reeve Close, Ashlong Close, Grovebury Place Estate, Nebular Court, Mill Road, Clipstone Crescent, Garden Hedge, Duncombe Drive, Bewdley Drive, Baker Street, Rock Close, Market Square, Wheatfield Close, Church Road, Neptune Gardens, Chestnut Rise, Carlton Grove, Wyngates, Millbank, Primrose Gardens, Croxley Court, Summer Street, Linslade Road, George Street, Orion Way, St George's Close.

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