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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Set within the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands close to the boundary betwixt Beds and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a populace of about 37,000 and a history going back to the days of the Romans, when the historic Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjoining town of Linslade and is approximately mid-way between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is found close to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is felt that there had been settlements in or around what's now named Leighton Buzzard way back in prehistoric times, age-old artefacts and coinage discovered in close proximity show evidence of this. The age-old Watling Street (established by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through close by Hockliffe and Dunstable roughly 2,000 years ago, and the Romans should have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who created a market sometime in the tenth century, and antiquities stumbled upon indicate that they were dwelling in the locale almost certainly from the 6th Century. The commune as such is not observed till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book named Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, encompassed a considerably wider area than only the town itself, and covered the hamlets of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the town's name may possibly have come from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element wasn't added until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln found it desirable to differentiate it from another "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a great many tenants through the years, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing through the following decades and the appearance of a canal and a railway in the Nineteenth Century saw the town evolve and develop. Modern Leighton Buzzard can be termed a booming market town that has seen greater development in the past several years.

Places of Interest Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which extends for approximately 4 miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: C2 Gallery, Ascott House, Leighton Lady Cruises, Great Adventure Game, Aspley Woods, Lancot Meadow, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Woburn Abbey, Pitstone Green Museum, Toddington Manor Gardens, Bluebell Wood, Grebe Canal Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Mowbray Drive, Brook Street, Elliot Way, Church Square, Queen Street, Grove Place, Hollies Court, Copper Beech Way, Woodside Way, Hercules Close, Grove Road, Soulbury Road, Goodman Drive, Cedars Way, Hockliffe Road, Phoenix Close, Bragenham Lane, Oakley Green, Millstream Way, Basildon Court, Chiltern Gardens, Monarch Way, Omega Court, Greenhill, Lovent Drive, Cutlers Way, Old Road, Church Avenue, Bassett Road, Southcourt Avenue, The Wharf, The Gables, Sandhills, East Street, Old Chapel Mews, Vandyke Road, Pennivale Close, Cotswold Drive, Station Road, Bramble Close, Steppingstone Place, Craddocks Drive, Cleveland Drive, Claridge Close, Heath Court, Leven Close, Taylor's Ride, Duncombe Drive, Fallowfield, Billington Road, Nebular Court.

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