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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds in the East of England, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard lays very near to the boundary in between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population close to thirty seven thousand and a heritage extending back to the Roman era, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjoining town of Linslade and it is roughly halfway between Luton and Milton Keynes, it lies near the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a substantial sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It's thought that there existed settlements in and close to what's now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, historical artefacts and coins unearthed in the area offer proof of this fact. The age-old Watling Street (made by the Romans), now called the A5, went through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe some two thousand years back, and the Romans would have at the very least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who set up the market place sometime in the 10th Century, and antiquities uncovered suggest that they were settling the area possibly from the 6th Century. The settlement as it was is not referred to until 906 after the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book recognised Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, covered a significantly larger area than simply the town itself, and integrated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Billington, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name will probably have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wouldn't be applied before the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from another "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to various tenants over the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even larger through the following years and the construction of a railway and a canal during the 19th Century saw the town develop and evolve. Today's Leighton Buzzard is a bustling market town that has seen improved development in the past few decades.

Things to Do in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for roughly 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway employs restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Toddington Manor Gardens, Great Adventure Game, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs, Ouzel Meadows, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Mead Open Farm, Whipsnade Zoo, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Aspley Woods, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Lancot Meadow, Bluebell Wood, Pitstone Green Museum.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Derwent Road, Lee Don Furlong, Stratton Mews, Church Street, Ashlong Close, Firs Path, Miles Avenue, Golden Riddy, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Southcott Village, Orion Way, Apple Tree Close, Doggett Street, Winston Close, Reeve Close, Vicarage Gardens, St Andrew's Street, Greaves Way, Tindall Avenue, Church Road, Linwood Grove, Stanbridge Road, Clipstone Crescent, Bunkers Lane, New Road, Basildon Court, Broomhills Road, Lochy Drive, Churchill Road, Weston Avenue, North Street, White House Court, Mill Road, Cetus Crescent, Friday Street, Edward Street, Fallowfield, Lovent Drive, The Wood, Monarch Way, Chestnut Rise, Gilbert Mews, Cutlers Way, Bideford Green, Brooklands Drive, Malvern Drive, Water Lane, King Street, Ashwell Street, Mentmore Road, Avery Close.

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