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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard lays near to the boundary betwixt Bucks and Beds, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of around thirty seven thousand and a story stretching back to the times of the Romans, at which time the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it's about mid-way between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it lies near the Chilterns and has a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's felt that there existed settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, age-old relics and coins unearthed nearby show proof of this fact. The olden Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now called the A5, went through the close by towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately 2,000 years 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 them who were using a market sometime in the tenth century, and antiquities stumbled upon mean that they were dwelling in the area very likely from the 6th Century. The settlement existing at that time was not mentioned till 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 reported Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, embodied a way wider area than simply the town by itself, and comprised the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Eggington, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name appears to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section did not get appended up until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to many different tenants over the eras, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger through the ensuing decades and the arrival of a canal and a railway service during the 19th Century saw it develop and expand. Modern day Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town that's witnessed greater development in current times.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for about 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Mead Open Farm, Woburn Heritage Centre, Dropshort Marsh, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Whipsnade Zoo, C2 Gallery, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Ford End Watermill, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Leighton Lady Cruises, Bluebell Wood, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Orchard Drive, Golden Riddy, Woodland Avenue, Market Square, Bideford Green, Albany Road, Carlton Grove, Meadow Way, Pear Tree Lane, Almond Road, Melfort Drive, Adaern Close, Mardle Road, Alwins Field, Appenine Way, The Paddocks, Neptune Gardens, Leven Close, Poplar Close, Firbank Way, Duncombe Drive, White House Court, Cotswold Drive, The Maltings, Wheatfield Close, Loyne Close, Nevis Close, Saxons Close, Nelson Road, Epsom Close, Apple Tree Close, Meadway, Clarence Road, Globe Lane, Falcon Mews, Carron Close, Pine Close, Grove Place, Lindler Court, Hockliffe Road, Water Lane, Talbot Court, Oxendon Court, Bragenham Lane, Linslade Road, Chartmoor Road, Brook Street, Pennivale Close, Ship Road, North Star Drive, Vandyke Road.

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