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

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard lays right on the county border in between Beds and Bucks, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of about 37,000 and a heritage going back to the Roman period, at which time the early Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjacent town of Linslade and it's about mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is located near to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's felt that there were settlements in and near to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, early artifacts and coinage found in the area show proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (built by the Romans), now identified as the A5, passed through the nearby settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable approximately two thousand yrs ago, and the Romans will have at the very least been aware of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was Saxons who developed the market place in around the tenth century, and relics stumbled on show that they were dwelling in the area most probably from the sixth century. The commune existing at that time is not documented till 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) recognised Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, comprised a lot larger area compared to the town itself, and integrated the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to derived from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component wouldn't be put on until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to a variety of tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on growing throughout the coming years and the arrival of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw it develop and grow. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a prosperous market town which has witnessed improved development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its 190 foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for approximately four miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway makes use of refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Great Adventure Game, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Bluebell Wood, Mead Open Farm, Leighton Lady Cruises, Dropshort Marsh, Lancot Meadow, Totternhoe Knolls, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ascott House, Ford End Watermill, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Grebe Canal Cruises, Rushmere Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Princes Court, Cheviot Close, Cooper Drive, Barleycorn Close, North Street, Cutlers Way, Market Square, St Leonard's Close, Plantation Road, Roosevelt Avenue, Stratton Mews, Fallowfield, Leopold Road, Soulbury Road, Hanover Court, Sandy Lane, Greenhill, Gemini Close, Calder Gardens, Eriboll Close, Albany Road, Chamberlains Gardens, Rock Close, Corbet Ride, Chelsea Green, Chartmoor Road, Grovebury Road, Lammas Walk, Alwins Field, Orchard Drive, Hockliffe Street, Cherrycourt Way, Lee Don Furlong, Clipstone Crescent, Leighton Road, Victoria Road, The Paddocks, Craddocks Drive, Aries Court, Heath Road, Gilbert Mews, Linslade Road, Digby Road, Mardle Road, Chestnut Rise, Dingle Dell, Camberton Road, Nebular Court, The Wood, Upper Coombe, Richmond Road.

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