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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard lies near the county boundary in between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a population close to 37,000 and a story stretching back to the Roman period, when the ancient Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is pretty much connected to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it lies next to the Chilterns and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard History: It's thought that there had been settlements in and close to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, old relics and coinage uncovered nearby show proof of this. The old Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now termed the A5, passed through the neighbouring towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe around 2,000 years back, and the Romans should have at the very least known of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was they who developed the market place in about the 10th Century, and antiquities unearthed show that they were dwelling in the region probably from the sixth century. The commune as it was is not described till 906 after the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book documented Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, covered a way greater area than merely the town by itself, and contained the hamlets of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name may well have derived from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element did not get applied up until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from another "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to an assortment of tenants through the eras, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even larger throughout the succeeding decades and the construction of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw it expand and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be referred to as a successful market town that's witnessed improved development in the past few years.

Leighton Buzzard Places to Visit: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which runs for approximately 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park occupying forty acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Woburn Heritage Centre, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Whipsnade Zoo, Totternhoe Knolls, Aspley Woods, Ascott House, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Mead Open Farm, Woburn Abbey, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Pitstone Windmill, Dropshort Marsh.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Vandyke Road, Pear Tree Lane, New Road, Mercury Way, Bideford Green, Reeve Close, Elliot Way, Dove Tree Road, Soulbury Road, Oak Bank Drive, Badgers Brook, Bramble Close, Cleveland Drive, Cygnus Drive, Hercules Close, Garden Hedge, The Wharf, Gilbert Mews, Hydrus Drive, West Street, Millbank, The Martins Drive, Gemini Close, Doggett Street, Hanover Court, Monarch Way, Windsor Avenue, Grovebury Road, Faulkner's Way, Greenlands, The Chilterns, Chestnut Rise, Rowley Furrows, Robinswood Close, Willow Bank Walk, Capshill Avenue, Water Lane, Bossard Court, Clarence Road, The Paddocks, Maree Close, Avery Close, Cutlers Way, Heath Park Drive, Southcourt Avenue, Bassett Road, Heath Road, Calder Gardens, Blakedown Road, Falcon Mews, Millers Close.

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