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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard sits very close to the border in between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a story stretching back to the days of the Romans, when the historic Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjoining town of Linslade and it's approximately midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it is situated near the Chilterns and boasts a significant sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is thought that there existed settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard long ago in unrecorded times, historic artifacts and coins stumbled on nearby show evidence of this fact. The age old Watling Street (put up by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through the nearby areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about two thousand years ago, and the Romans would have at least known of the village during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who were using the market place in about the 10th Century, and artifacts found suggest that they were residing in the vicinity most probably since the sixth century. The village existing then is not listed until 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 outlined Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, embodied a lot greater area than only the town by itself, and incorporated the settlements of Eggington, Heath & Reach, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name of the town may have originated from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element did not get put in up until the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to a number of tenants through the years, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement continued to grow over the ensuing generations and the establishing of of a canal and a railway line during the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and grow. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a booming market town which has seen improved development in the past few decades.

Things to Do in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which extends for roughly four 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 park covering 40 acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs, Leighton Lady Cruises, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ford End Watermill, Pitstone Green Museum, Aspley Woods, Rushmere Park, Dropshort Marsh, Bluebell Wood, Woburn Heritage Centre, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Great Adventure Game, C2 Gallery, Pitstone Windmill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Adams Bottom, Vimy Road, Windsor Avenue, Clipstone Crescent, Rannock Gardens, Hydrus Drive, Linwood Grove, Lammas Walk, Deverell Way, Kendal Gardens, Gemini Close, Loyne Close, High Street, Oakridge Park, Leven Close, Heathwood Close, Brownslea, Adaern Close, Highfield Road, Stoke Road, Upper Coombe, Cygnus Drive, Aquila Road, Bushell Close, Epsom Close, Wyngates, Old Road, Highcroft, Meadway, Northcourt, Reeve Close, East Street, Heath Park Drive, Atterbury Avenue, Cheviot Close, Edward Street, Vicarage Gardens, Milebush, Grasmere Way, Bideford Green, Billington Court, Duncombe Drive, Harrow Road, Oxendon Court, Hanover Court, Globe Lane, Pear Tree Lane, Grovebury Place Estate, Vandyke Road, Acacia Close, Market Square.

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