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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds in the East of England, the town of Leighton Buzzard lays right on the border betwixt Bucks and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of around thirty seven thousand and a historic past going back to Roman times, at which time the early A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the neighbouring town of Linslade it is about midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it sits next to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is believed that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, ancient relics and coins picked up in close proximity show evidence of this fact. The early Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, ran through neighbouring Hockliffe and Dunstable around 2,000 years back, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was they who set up a market in around the 10th Century, and artifacts stumbled upon denote that they were inhabiting the neighbourhood most likely from the 6th Century. The commune as it was was not discussed until 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 identified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, encompassed a far bigger area compared to the town alone, and included the hamlets of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town seems to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not to be applied before the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to an assortment of tenants over the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow during the following generations and the coming of a canal and a railway during the 19th Century saw it grow and develop. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard is a prosperous market town that's witnessed improved development in the past few decades.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for about 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: C2 Gallery, Rushmere Park, Pitstone Green Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, Woburn Abbey, Dunstable Downs, Leighton Lady Cruises, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Woburn Heritage Centre, Great Adventure Game, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Aspley Woods, Ford End Watermill, Grebe Canal Cruises, Whipsnade Zoo, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Blenheim Road, Blakedown Road, Ashlong Close, King Street, Dingle Dell, Himley Green, Leighton Road, Soulbury Road, Hockliffe Street, Maree Close, Ashwell Street, Lywood Road, Cotswold Drive, Epsom Close, Billington Road, Lincombe Slade, Princes Court, The Chilterns, Grove Place, Mentmore Gardens, Corbet Ride, Finch Crescent, Carnation Close, Old Chapel Mews, Northcourt, Willow Bank Walk, Oak Bank Drive, Middle Green, St Leonard's Close, Bedford Street, Delamere Gardens, Midway, Heath Park Drive, Vicarage Gardens, Bossington Lane, Globe Lane, Drakes Avenue, Harrow Road, Danes Way, Southcourt Avenue, Melfort Drive, Vimy Road, Cotefield Drive, Brooklands Avenue, Ledburn Grove, Wing Road, Chamberlains Gardens, St Andrew's Street, Leopold Road, Bushell Close, Harmony Row.

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