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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Set within the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard sits close to the border between Bucks and Beds, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of around 37,000 and a story harping back to the days of the Romans, when the early Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is attached to the neighbouring town of Linslade it is roughly mid-way between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it is found next to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there were settlements in or around what is now called Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, age-old relics and coinage uncovered near by give proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (made by the Romans), now identified as the A5, cut through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable over 2,000 years ago, and the Romans should have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was them who developed the market place in around the tenth century, and artifacts stumbled on show that they were inhabiting the vicinity in all probability from the 6th Century. The village as such is not mentioned till 906 when the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) listed Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, incorporated a lot wider area compared to the town alone, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece wasn't added on till the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a variety of tenants over the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow during the ensuing decades and the arrival of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw it grow and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard can be described as a blooming market town which has seen increased development in current times.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: The All Saints Church started in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for approximately four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line utilizes refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: C2 Gallery, Dropshort Marsh, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Green Museum, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Lady Cruises, Ascott House, Totternhoe Knolls, Bluebell Wood, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: New Road, Reeve Close, Eden Way, Vandyke Road, Copper Beech Way, Oak Bank Drive, Firs Path, Harrow Road, Barleycorn Close, Loyne Close, Old Road, Drakes Avenue, The Vyne, Carlton Grove, Upper Coombe, Cotswold Drive, The Wood, West Street, Weston Avenue, Southcourt Road, Hartwell Grove, Draper Way, Finch Crescent, Atterbury Avenue, Blakedown Road, Edward Street, Mentmore Road, Golden Riddy, Woburn Place, Plantation Road, Ashlong Close, Chiltern Gardens, Chaloner Court, Windsor Avenue, Neptune Gardens, St Mary's Way, Pennivale Close, Hydrus Drive, Springfield Road, Morar Close, Monarch Way, Talbot Court, Commerce Way, Rosebery Avenue, Firbank Way, Rothschild Road, Lime Grove, Saxons Close, Delamere Gardens, Fallowfield, Stephenson Close.

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