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

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the market town of Leighton Buzzard stands near to the boundary between Bedfordshire and Bucks, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace close to 37,000 and a heritage going back to the days of the Romans, when the historical A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjacent town of Linslade and it's roughly mid-way between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it lies next to the Chilterns and boasts a substantial quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard History: It is considered that there were settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard going back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coinage picked up near by offer proof of this fact. The olden Watling Street (established by the Romans), now termed the A5, passed through the neighbouring areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable approximately two thousand years back, and the Romans will have at least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who used a market during the tenth century, and artifacts unearthed reveal that they were inhabiting the neighbourhood possibly since the 6th Century. The settlement existing then isn't referred to till 906 when the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book listed Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, incorporated a much bigger area than merely the town by itself, and integrated the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wasn't inserted up until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to a great many tenants over the centuries, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding through the coming years and the appearance of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town develop and evolve. Today's Leighton Buzzard is a prospering market town which has witnessed accelerated development in the past several years.

Attractions Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its 190 foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which operates for roughly four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park spanning 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Toddington Manor Gardens, Woburn Abbey, Grebe Canal Cruises, Ford End Watermill, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Aspley Woods, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Dropshort Marsh, Lancot Meadow, Pitstone Green Museum, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Mead Open Farm, Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Heritage Centre, Pitstone Windmill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Mowbray Drive, Clipstone Crescent, Springfield Road, Gemini Close, Hanover Court, Vimy Road, Lyra Gardens, Harmony Row, Old Chapel Mews, Mentmore Road, Ashburnham Crescent, Tindall Avenue, Cygnus Drive, Wheatfield Close, Middle Green, Ashwell Street, Carlton Grove, Adastral Avenue, Brooklands Avenue, Hydrus Drive, Eden Way, Mardle Road, King Street, Rowley Furrows, Almond Road, Grovebury Place Estate, The Martins Drive, Churchill Road, St George's Close, Nebular Court, Grange Close, The Chilterns, Miles Avenue, Bideford Green, Finch Crescent, Nevis Close, Beech Grove, Vicarage Gardens, Market Square, Hollies Court, Avery Close, Garden Leys, Mentmore Gardens, Queen Street, Mountbatten Gardens, Adams Bottom, Church Street, Station Road, Ledburn Grove, Greaves Way, West Street.

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