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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard sits near to the county border between Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population of around thirty seven thousand and a past going back to Roman days, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjacent town of Linslade it is approximately mid-way between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it lays near to the Chilterns and boasts a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is thought that there had been settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, early artefacts and coinage discovered in the area show evidence of this. The longstanding Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now identified as the A5, came through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe around 2,000 years back, and the Romans should have at least known of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Romans were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who were using the market place in around the tenth century, and artefacts uncovered show that they were settling the region in all likelihood since the sixth century. The village as it was then isn't reported till 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book recognized Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, incorporated a considerably wider area than simply the town by itself, and covered the hamlets of Billington, Stanbridge, Heath & Reach and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the town's name is thought to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion wasn't added on prior to the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from the other "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a number of tenants over the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard continued to grow through the following years and the coming of a canal and a railway line in the 19th Century saw the town develop and grow. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard can be described as a flourishing market town that's witnessed increased development in the past few decades.

Leighton Buzzard Attractions: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which runs for roughly four miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Pitstone Windmill, Ford End Watermill, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Lady Cruises, Whipsnade Zoo, Rushmere Park, Lancot Meadow, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Pitstone Green Museum, Bluebell Wood, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ascott House, Woburn Heritage Centre, Dunstable Downs.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Lathwell Way, Ship Road, Deverell Way, Rowley Furrows, Billington Court, Himley Green, Summer Street, Weston Avenue, Hockliffe Road, Lincombe Slade, Stanbridge Road, Woburn Place, Claridge Close, Grange Close, Mountbatten Gardens, Rothschild Road, Lomond Drive, The Maltings, Bragenham Lane, Hartwell Grove, Rye Close, Bridge Street, Bunkers Lane, Blenheim Road, Bassett Road, Adams Bottom, Basildon Court, Doggett Street, Firbank Way, Grovebury Road, Brookside Walk, Old Linslade Road, Chamberlains Gardens, Harrow Road, Harmony Row, Woodside Way, Avery Close, Drakes Avenue, Golden Riddy, Lovent Drive, Sandhills, Eriboll Close, Talbot Court, Beaudesert, Wheatfield Close, Milebush, Dukes Ride, Bossington Lane, Linwood Grove, The Wharf, Marley Fields.

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