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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands near the border betwixt Beds and Bucks, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately 37,000 and a historical past going back to the era of the Romans, at which time the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the nearby town of Linslade and it is approximately mid-way between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton, it is situated near the Chilterns and boasts a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is believed that there existed settlements in and close to what's now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, historical relics and coinage picked up nearby give evidence of this fact. The longstanding Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now called the A5, ran through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe over two thousand years ago, and the Romans will have at the very least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was them who set up a market during the tenth century, and artifacts uncovered suggest that they were settling the neighbourhood undoubtedly from the 6th Century. The settlement existing then is not reported till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, embodied a far wider area compared to the town by itself, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name might have come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component did not get put in till the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln found it crucial to differentiate it from a different "Leighton" which was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to various tenants through the years, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on expanding throughout the following years and the appearance of a canal and a railway during the Nineteenth Century saw the town develop and grow. Present day Leighton Buzzard is a prospering market town which has witnessed greater development in recent times.

Places of Interest in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church started in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for about four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Ford End Watermill, Grebe Canal Cruises, Woburn Abbey, C2 Gallery, Dropshort Marsh, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Ouzel Meadows, Toddington Manor Gardens, Dunstable Downs, Bluebell Wood, Aspley Woods, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Mead Open Farm, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Woburn Heritage Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Rye Close, Highfield Road, Bragenham Lane, Commerce Way, Orion Way, Cheviot Close, Alwins Field, Monarch Way, Mentmore Gardens, St Mary's Way, Avery Close, Primrose Gardens, Ship Road, West Street, Grasmere Way, Melfort Drive, Nevis Close, Adams Bottom, Cleveland Drive, Ledburn Grove, Cedars Way, Adastral Avenue, Southcourt Avenue, Bideford Green, Firbank Way, St Andrews Close, Mountbatten Gardens, Richmond Road, Winston Close, Springfield Road, Laurel Mews, The Martins Drive, Rosebery Avenue, Mentmore Road, Cetus Crescent, The Wood, Saxons Close, Claridge Close, Calder Gardens, Finch Crescent, Meadway, The Walnuts, Rannock Gardens, Vicarage Gardens, Hinton Close, Cotefield Drive, Brookside Walk, Talbot Court, Waterloo Road, Rothschild Road, Gemini Close.

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The above facts should be useful for nearby parishes and towns including: Burcott, Dunstable, Heath and Reach, Stanbridge, Stewkley, Eaton Bray, Wingrave, Wingfield, Mentmore, Battlesden, Milton Bryant, Wing, Hockliffe, Cheddington, Little Brickhill, Great Brickhill, Houghton Regis, Toddington, Clipstone, Little Billington, Horton, Stoke Hammond, Billington, Tebworth, Luton, Linslade, Eggington, Briggington, Soulbury, Grove, Bragenham, Slapton. Map - Weather