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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire, the small town of Leighton Buzzard lays close to the county border in between Bucks and Beds, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace close to 37,000 and a historic past harping back to Roman days, when the historical A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the neighbouring town of Linslade and is about midway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is situated near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there had been settlements in and close to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, old artefacts and coins stumbled on in close proximity give proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (erected by the Romans), now termed the A5, cut through the nearby towns of Hockliffe and Dunstable about two thousand years ago, and the Romans should have at least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was they who introduced the market place sometime in the 10th Century, and relics picked up suggest that they were residing in the vicinity most probably since the sixth century. The settlement existing then wasn't referred to till 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) reported Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, comprised a way greater area than only the town alone, and covered the hamlets of Eggington, Heath & Reach, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name could possibly have been taken from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element was not to be added up until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to an assortment of tenants over the generations, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow throughout the succeeding decades and the development of a canal and a railway line during the 19th Century saw it evolve and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be described as a busy market town that's witnessed accelerated development in the recent past.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for roughly 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway employs reconditioned 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, Ouzel Meadows, Woburn Heritage Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Grebe Canal Cruises, Dropshort Marsh, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Ford End Watermill, Toddington Manor Gardens, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Aspley Woods, Pitstone Windmill, Bluebell Wood.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Boss Avenue, Dove Tree Road, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Oakley Green, Brookside Walk, High Street, Highfield Road, Meadway, Basildon Court, St Leonard's Close, Tindall Avenue, St Andrew's Street, Friday Street, Rowley Furrows, Millers Close, Garden Leys, King Street, The Vyne, Pine Close, Rothschild Road, Carina Drive, Windermere Gardens, Brooklands Drive, Ash Grove, Alwins Field, Cooper Drive, Highcroft, Delamere Gardens, Russell Way, Leighton Road, Blakedown Road, Clarence Road, Midway, Ashwell Street, Himley Green, Wentworth Drive, Hockliffe Road, Stoke Road, Old Linslade Road, Saxons Close, Primrose Gardens, Brook Street, Newman Way, Montgomery Close, Faulkner's Way, Bridge Street, Almond Road, Hollies Court, Lovent Drive, Lake Street, Reeve Close.

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