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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds in the East of England, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard sits near to the border between Beds and Buckinghamshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a resident population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a story stretching back to the Roman era, at which time the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjoining town of Linslade and is about midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Beds), it lies next to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there existed settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, age-old relics and coins stumbled upon in close proximity offer proof of this fact. The old Watling Street (established by the Romans), now known as the A5, went through the neighbouring areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe over 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at that time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who used a market sometime in the tenth century, and antiquities unearthed imply that they were residing in the area quite likely from the sixth century. The commune as such is not referred to until 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book mentioned Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, encompassed a much larger area than only the town by itself, and incorporated the settlements of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name seems to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wasn't applied till the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a number of tenants through the centuries, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even larger over the ensuing decades and the establishing of of a canal and a railway line during the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and grow. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a busy market town that's seen accelerated development in current times.

Places to Visit Around Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church started in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for around 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 forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Whipsnade Zoo, Ford End Watermill, Toddington Manor Gardens, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Lancot Meadow, Rushmere Park, Mead Open Farm, Dropshort Marsh, Aspley Woods, C2 Gallery, Bluebell Wood, Dunstable Downs, Ascott House.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Oxendon Court, Acacia Close, Neptune Gardens, Bideford Green, Bragenham Lane, Rothschild Road, Carina Drive, Lincombe Slade, Leopold Road, Regent Street, Rowley Furrows, Craddocks Drive, Linslade Road, Riverside, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Mentmore Gardens, Aries Court, Morar Close, Woodman Close, Alwins Field, Fyne Drive, Drakes Avenue, Lee Don Furlong, Derwent Road, Miles Avenue, Hollies Court, Badgers Brook, Firbank Way, Bossard Court, Cygnus Drive, Pear Tree Lane, Marley Fields, Ash Grange, Deverell Way, Mountbatten Gardens, Stoke Road, Plum Tree Lane, Oak Bank Drive, Lyra Gardens, Corbet Ride, South Street, Chamberlains Gardens, Globe Lane, Linwood Grove, Dingle Dell, Bramble Close, Orion Way, King Street, Garden Leys, Rosebery Avenue, Cetus Crescent.

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