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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Situated in the county of Bedfordshire, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard sits near to the county border in between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a population of around thirty seven thousand and a historical past going back to Roman times, at which time the historic Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjoining town of Linslade it is about halfway between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is located next to the Chiltern Hills and has an important quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there existed settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, historical artifacts and coinage stumbled on in close proximity offer proof of this. The old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through the nearby areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about 2,000 years back, and the Romans should have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was they who set up a market during the 10th Century, and artifacts found show that they were settling the locale most likely from the 6th Century. The commune existing at that time is not described until 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 recognised Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, comprised a way bigger area than just the town itself, and comprised the hamlets of Billington, Heath & Reach, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion did not get applied until the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from a different "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to many different tenants over the centuries, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger during the coming generations and the coming of a canal and a railway service in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and develop. Today's Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a thriving market town that's witnessed improved development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its 190 foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for about 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ascott House, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Bluebell Wood, Dunstable Downs, Aspley Woods, Mead Open Farm, Whipsnade Zoo, C2 Gallery, Pitstone Green Museum, Leighton Lady Cruises, Toddington Manor Gardens, Grebe Canal Cruises, Lancot Meadow, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Pitstone Windmill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Heath Park Drive, Wing Road, East Street, Morar Close, Leopold Road, Goodman Drive, Station Road, West Street, Grovebury Road, Brookside Walk, Miletree Court, Columba Drive, Bunkers Lane, Millstream Way, Hercules Close, Duncombe Drive, Baker Street, Phoenix Close, Willow Bank Walk, Beaudesert, Finch Crescent, Clay Furlong, Leven Close, Albany Road, Firs Path, George Street, Centauri Close, Billington Court, Middle Green, Ash Grove, Plum Tree Lane, Jupiter Drive, Cooper Drive, Greaves Way, Rowley Furrows, Princes Court, Old Chapel Mews, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Nelson Road, Vimy Road, Knaves Hill, Avery Close, Lathwell Way, Bushell Close, Broomhills Road, Harmony Row, Chamberlains Gardens, Ullswater Drive, Lammas Walk, Craddocks Drive, Orchard Drive.

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