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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Set in the county of Beds, the town of Leighton Buzzard is very close to the county border between Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a historical past harping back to the era of the Romans, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the nearby town of Linslade it is approximately halfway between Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and Luton (Beds), it sits next to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is considered that there had been settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, age-old relics and coins uncovered nearby offer evidence of this fact. The early Watling Street (engineered by the Romans), now termed the A5, ran through the close by towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe around about 2,000 in years past, and the Romans should have at least been aware of the village at that time.

The Romans were ultimately followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was Saxons who introduced the market place during the 10th Century, and artifacts stumbled on denote that they were living in the area most likely since the sixth century. The settlement as such is not documented till 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) talked about Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, comprised a considerably larger area than merely the town by itself, and included the settlements of Heath & Reach, Stanbridge, Billington and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name appears to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element wouldn't be applied until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" which existed within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to an assortment of tenants through the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow over the succeeding generations and the arrival of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town grow and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a thriving market town that has seen increased development in the past few years.

Leighton Buzzard Tourist Attractions: All Saints Church dating from 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for around 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park encompassing 40 acres at nearby Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Dunstable Downs, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dropshort Marsh, Pitstone Windmill, Whipsnade Zoo, Ascott House, Ford End Watermill, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Rushmere Park, Mead Open Farm, Great Adventure Game, Woburn Abbey, Bluebell Wood, Pitstone Green Museum, Aspley Woods, Leighton Lady Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Barleycorn Close, Brownslea, Woburn Place, Regent Street, Old Linslade Road, Laurel Mews, Finch Crescent, Weston Avenue, Ashburnham Crescent, Rye Close, Lammas Walk, Oak Bank Drive, Miles Avenue, Lindler Court, Cotswold Drive, The Chilterns, Waterdell, Russell Way, Station Road, Reeve Close, Wentworth Drive, Stoke Road, Rothschild Road, Steppingstone Place, Camberton Road, Highcroft, Cedars Way, Queen Street, Grovebury Road, Ashlong Close, Durrell Close, Brookside Walk, Jupiter Drive, Enterprise Way, Newman Way, Grove Place, North Star Drive, Falcon Mews, Golden Riddy, Columba Drive, The Paddocks, The Vyne, Bushell Close, Ullswater Drive, Heathwood Close, Plantation Road, Princes Court, Lywood Road, Lomond Drive, Epsom Close, The Martins Drive.

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