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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands close to the county border betwixt Beds and Bucks, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of around thirty seven thousand and a historic past extending back to the days of the Romans, at which time the historical Watling St (now the A-5) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjacent town of Linslade and is about midway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it sits near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is thought that there were settlements in and near to what's now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, historical relics and coins uncovered in the area offer proof of this. The ancient Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now termed the A5, went through the close by settlements of Dunstable and Hockliffe around two thousand yrs ago, and the Romans will have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was they who were using a market sometime in the 10th Century, and artifacts unearthed suggest that they were residing in the region possibly since the 6th Century. The village as it was wasn't described till 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 recognized Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, over time, embraced a considerably wider area than merely the town itself, and integrated the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the town's name is thought to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element was not added on prior to the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln found it necessary to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to several tenants through the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing through the ensuing decades and the establishing of of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town develop and expand. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a blooming market town which has witnessed increased development in modern times.

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

Also: Ascott House, Aspley Woods, Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone Windmill, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Leighton Lady Cruises, Toddington Manor Gardens, Dunstable Downs, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Lancot Meadow, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Whipsnade Zoo, Dropshort Marsh.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Ship Road, Meadway, Shenley Hill Road, Coniston Road, Millbank, Richmond Road, Rock Close, Aries Court, Gemini Close, Russell Way, Willow Bank Walk, Greenhill, Garden Hedge, Upper Coombe, Oak Bank Drive, Fallowfield, Claridge Close, Hillside Road, Hercules Close, Commerce Way, Lathwell Way, Cetus Crescent, Carnation Close, Finch Crescent, Oakridge Park, Omega Court, Acacia Close, Hockliffe Road, Southcott Village, Billington Court, Mentmore Gardens, Ridgeley Drive, Broomhills Road, Windermere Gardens, Dingle Dell, Chestnut Hill, Churchill Road, Clay Furlong, Shenley Close, White House Court, Millers Close, Delamere Gardens, Hartwell Grove, The Wood, Market Square, Stoke Road, Carron Close, Epsom Close, Ashburnham Crescent, Calder Gardens, Church Street.

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