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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds in the East of England, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard is near the boundary between Beds and Buckinghamshire, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population of approximately 37,000 and a history harping back to the Roman period, when the Roman built Watling St (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the adjoining town of Linslade it is roughly halfway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton (Bedfordshire), it is situated near to the Chilterns and has a vital sand quarrying industry.

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It's considered that there had been settlements in or around what is now named Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, early artifacts and coins found near by offer proof of this fact. The olden Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now called the A5, passed through the nearby areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about two thousand years ago, and the Romans would have at the very least been aware of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was Saxons who created a market sometime in the tenth century, and antiquities found suggest that they were inhabiting the locale possibly from the 6th Century. The village existing then is not described till 906 at which time the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) identified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, embodied a considerably larger area than merely the town alone, and consisted of the hamlets of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name seems to come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece did not get put in up until the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from an extra "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to numerous tenants over the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on growing through the following decades and the appearance of a railway line and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town expand and develop. Present day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a thriving market town that's witnessed increased development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, along with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for approximately four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising 40 acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Pitstone Windmill, Aspley Woods, Toddington Manor Gardens, Woburn Abbey, Lancot Meadow, Totternhoe Knolls, Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Ford End Watermill, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Steppingstone Place, St Leonard's Close, Highfield Road, West Street, Oxendon Court, Neptune Gardens, Orion Way, Garden Hedge, Mowbray Drive, Victoria Road, Grovebury Place Estate, Waterdell, Shepherds Mead, Ridgeley Drive, Albany Road, Soulbury Road, Roosevelt Avenue, Greenlands, Croxley Court, Wentworth Drive, Primrose Gardens, Blakedown Road, The Vyne, Hartwell Crescent, Kiteleys Green, Windermere Gardens, Lywood Road, Rye Close, Badgers Brook, Poplar Close, Sandhills, Johnson Drive, Hanover Court, Grange Close, Centauri Close, Basildon Court, Golden Riddy, St Andrew's Street, Church Avenue, Woburn Place, Water Lane, King Street, Jupiter Drive, Bewdley Drive, Brooklands Avenue, Himley Green, Grove Road, Southcourt Avenue, Mill Road, Rothschild Road, Linwood Grove.

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