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

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the border in between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace close to thirty seven thousand and a history extending back to Roman times, when the early Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is pretty much joined to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it's roughly halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it sits next to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's felt that there existed settlements in and close to what is now named Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, early artefacts and coinage uncovered in the area show proof of this. The olden Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now known as the A5, passed through the neighbouring areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe roughly two thousand in years past, and the Romans will have at least known of the village at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who set up a market during the tenth century, and antiquities stumbled upon denote that they were dwelling in the area quite possibly since the 6th Century. The commune as such is not reported until 906 after the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book listed Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, covered a lot wider area than simply the town by itself, and integrated the settlements of Eggington, Billington, Stanbridge and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to been taken from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element was not applied until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants through the ages, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding during the following decades and the coming of a canal and a railway service in the 19th Century saw the town develop and expand. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prospering market town that has seen increased development in modern times.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for roughly 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line employs reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Leighton Lady Cruises, Dropshort Marsh, Ford End Watermill, Rushmere Park, Bluebell Wood, Great Adventure Game, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Downs, Ascott House, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, C2 Gallery, Aspley Woods, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Brooklands Avenue, Southcott Village, Hawthorne Close, North Star Drive, Lyra Gardens, Baker Street, Crossway, Eriboll Close, Plum Tree Lane, Knaves Hill, Mentmore Gardens, Newman Way, Columba Drive, The Wharf, Cleveland Drive, Corbet Ride, The Gables, Beech Grove, Epsom Close, Woodman Close, Mentmore Road, Dukes Ride, Greaves Way, Mowbray Drive, Rothschild Road, Atterbury Avenue, Water Lane, Church Road, Greenlands, Old Chapel Mews, Woodland Avenue, The Chilterns, Oakley Green, Heath Court, Maree Close, Millbank, Orchard Drive, South Street, Market Square, Barnabas Road, Elliot Way, Sandy Lane, Vandyke Road, Greenhill, Pennivale Close, Sandhills, Coniston Road, Clay Furlong, Brooklands Drive, Lee Don Furlong, Clipstone Crescent.

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This information and facts ought to be applicable for nearby hamlets, villages and towns in particular: Wingrave, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Horton, Luton, Linslade, Eaton Bray, Billington, Stanbridge, Wing, Eggington, Battlesden, Bragenham, Hockliffe, Grove, Mentmore, Toddington, Tebworth, Clipstone, Little Billington, Soulbury, Briggington, Milton Bryant, Stewkley, Little Brickhill, Burcott, Cheddington, Slapton, Stoke Hammond, Great Brickhill, Heath and Reach, Wingfield. Map - Weather