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

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds in the East of England, the charming town of Leighton Buzzard is near the county boundary betwixt Beds and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a resident population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a historic past extending back to the Roman era, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the adjoining town of Linslade and it's about mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is situated close to the Chilterns and has an important sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard History: It is considered that there were settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard going back to prehistoric times, historical artifacts and coins unearthed in close proximity show proof of this fact. The historic Watling Street (established by the Romans), now called the A5, passed through the close by areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable over two thousand years ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village during those times.

The Romans were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was them who used a market in about the 10th Century, and antiquities stumbled upon suggest that they were residing in the region more than likely since the sixth century. The commune as it was is not cited until 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) identified Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, embraced a much wider area than merely the town itself, and contained the hamlets of Heath & Reach, Eggington, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name appears to derived from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element wasn't added on till the 12th Century after the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be let to a variety of tenants over the ages, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even larger over the ensuing generations and the construction of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw it develop and develop. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be termed a successful market town which has seen greater development in modern times.

Tourist Attractions Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for around four mls from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park spanning forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, lake and picnic area.

Also: Woburn Abbey, Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone Windmill, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dropshort Marsh, Rushmere Park, Whipsnade Zoo, Great Adventure Game, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Aspley Woods, Leighton Lady Cruises, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Woburn Heritage Centre, Totternhoe Knolls, Dunstable Leisure Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Bunkers Lane, Southcourt Road, Fyne Drive, The Vyne, Wyngates, Hartwell Crescent, Brownslea, Coniston Road, Oak Bank Drive, Greenhill, Pear Tree Lane, Wheatfield Close, Goodman Drive, Soulbury Road, Copper Beech Way, Elliot Way, Globe Lane, The Walnuts, Lee Don Furlong, Calder Gardens, Windsor Avenue, Waterloo Road, Ullswater Drive, Clipstone Crescent, Barleycorn Close, Chaloner Court, St Mary's Way, Digby Road, Lake Street, Victoria Road, Malvern Drive, Richmond Road, Corbet Ride, Deverell Way, Bragenham Lane, Oakley Green, Highfield Road, Station Road, Lammas Walk, The Wood, Linslade Road, Cetus Crescent, Stratton Mews, The Heath, Mountbatten Gardens, Shenley Hill Road, The Martins Drive, Lime Grove, Poplar Close, Claridge Close, Ascot Drive.

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The above data ought to be relevant for adjacent parishes and villages for example: Billington, Linslade, Stanbridge, Wingfield, Slapton, Bragenham, Hockliffe, Briggington, Burcott, Tebworth, Dunstable, Wing, Heath and Reach, Little Brickhill, Battlesden, Wingrave, Horton, Little Billington, Soulbury, Clipstone, Toddington, Milton Bryant, Stoke Hammond, Grove, Eaton Bray, Great Brickhill, Cheddington, Mentmore, Eggington, Houghton Regis, Stewkley, Luton. Map - Weather