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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Positioned in the county of Beds in the East of England, the small town of Leighton Buzzard lies very close to the county boundary in between Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately 37,000 and a historic past stretching back to the Roman period, when the historical A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the nearby town of Linslade and is approximately midway between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton (Beds), it is located very close to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It's thought that there existed settlements in or around what's now called Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, ancient artefacts and coins stumbled upon in the area give proof of this. The historic Watling Street (established by the Romans), now termed the A5, went through the close by settlements of Dunstable and Hockliffe some two thousand years back, and the Romans should have at least known of the village as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was Saxons who were using a market sometime in the tenth century, and antiquities discovered show that they were residing in the area almost certainly from the 6th Century. The village as it was then wasn't discussed till 906 when the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, incorporated a lot larger area than simply the town itself, and covered the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Eggington, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion wasn't added till the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to an assortment of tenants through the centuries, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow over the ensuing generations and the arrival of a canal and a railway in the 19th Century saw it develop and develop. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prospering market town which has witnessed improved development in recent years.

Attractions in and Near Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its 190 foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which goes for approximately four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Mead Open Farm, Ford End Watermill, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Great Adventure Game, Rushmere Park, Ouzel Meadows, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Abbey, Ascott House, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Heritage Centre, Dropshort Marsh.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Sandhills, Bewdley Drive, Shepherds Mead, Himley Green, Cleveland Drive, Robinswood Close, Chelsea Green, Craddocks Drive, Cutlers Way, Adaern Close, Steppingstone Place, The Vyne, Garden Hedge, The Chilterns, Newman Way, Regent Street, Hillside Road, Grovebury Place Estate, Oatfield Gardens, Harrow Road, Kendal Gardens, Oxendon Court, Concord Way, South Street, Ascot Drive, Cetus Crescent, Churchill Road, Windsor Avenue, North Street, Bragenham Lane, Vandyke Road, St George's Close, Crossway, Hockliffe Road, Firs Path, Grasmere Way, Lime Grove, Millbank, Winston Close, Rye Close, Miletree Court, Greenlands, Vicarage Gardens, Victoria Road, The Wharf, George Street, Fallowfield, Loyne Close, The Martins Drive, Heath Park Drive, Bideford Green.

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