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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard is near the border between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of about thirty seven thousand and a heritage stretching back to Roman times, at which time the historical Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjacent town of Linslade it is approximately mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes, it is located near the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It is considered that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard way back in prehistoric times, age-old artefacts and coins stumbled on near by show proof of this fact. The ancient Watling Street (made by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through nearby Hockliffe and Dunstable roughly 2,000 years ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who set up the market place during the 10th Century, and artifacts uncovered mean that they were residing in the vicinity most probably since the sixth century. The commune as such isn't observed until 906 when the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 identified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, encompassed a significantly larger area than just the town alone, and included the settlements of Billington, Heath & Reach, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not included till the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to various tenants through the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I in the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even larger throughout the coming generations and the building of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town grow and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard can be termed a thriving market town which has seen increased development in the past few years.

Places of Interest in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for approximately 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Ascott House, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Windmill, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Downs, C2 Gallery, Aspley Woods, Toddington Manor Gardens, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Ford End Watermill, Pitstone Green Museum, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Woburn Heritage Centre, Great Adventure Game, Grebe Canal Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Globe Lane, Ridgeley Drive, Grove Place, The Maltings, Ashburnham Crescent, Lathwell Way, Pulford Road, Highfield Road, Bideford Green, Ullswater Drive, Ash Grange, Drakes Avenue, Boss Avenue, Milebush, Hockliffe Street, Summer Street, Hanover Court, Epsom Close, Eriboll Close, Bragenham Lane, Neptune Gardens, Columba Drive, Craddocks Drive, Camberton Road, Crossway, Tindall Avenue, Montgomery Close, St Leonard's Close, Grasmere Way, Leven Close, Chestnut Hill, St Mary's Way, Malvern Drive, Lammas Walk, Taylor's Ride, Cotswold Drive, Woodman Close, Bushell Close, Lake Street, Golden Riddy, Bramble Close, Dove Tree Road, Beaudesert, Capshill Avenue, Brook Street, Lindler Court, Fyne Drive, Albany Road, South Street, Waterdell, Pine Close.

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