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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard is close to the boundary in between Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a historical past going back to Roman days, at which time the historical Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the nearby town of Linslade and is roughly midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it is situated next to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's felt that there had been settlements in and near to what's now named Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, age-old artefacts and coinage found near by offer proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now called the A5, cut through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe some 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at that time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who set up the market place in around the 10th Century, and artifacts found suggest that they were dwelling in the local area undoubtedly from the 6th Century. The commune as such was not reported till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, encompassed a far bigger area than only the town alone, and comprised the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name appears to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element wasn't inserted up until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln found it imperative to differentiate it from the other "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to a great many tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger throughout the ensuing years and the development of a canal and a railway service during the 19th Century saw it develop and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a growing market town which has witnessed greater development in the past few decades.

Leighton Buzzard Attractions: The All Saints Church started in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for approximately four miles from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service employs restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Dunstable Leisure Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Bluebell Wood, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Pitstone Windmill, Ford End Watermill, Totternhoe Knolls, Grebe Canal Cruises, Aspley Woods, Toddington Manor Gardens, Woburn Heritage Centre, Rushmere Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Ash Grove, Rannock Gardens, Miletree Court, Millstream Way, Bossington Lane, Southcourt Avenue, Carnation Close, Chaloner Court, Centauri Close, Rye Close, Basildon Court, Pegasus Road, Phoenix Close, The Heath, The Martins Drive, Meadow Way, Cherrycourt Way, Heath Park Road, Upper Coombe, Shepherds Mead, Rothschild Road, Drakes Avenue, Baker Street, Church Avenue, Hollies Court, Windsor Avenue, Chiltern Gardens, North Star Drive, Grovebury Place Estate, Ashwell Street, Middle Green, Highfield Road, Camberton Road, Talbot Court, Soulbury Road, Carron Close, Victoria Road, Oatfield Gardens, Leven Close, Oak Bank Drive, Millers Close, Greenlands, Millbank, Lywood Road, Brookside Walk, Brooklands Avenue, Woodside Way, King Street, Oxendon Court, Windermere Gardens, St Andrews Close.

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