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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Situated in the county of Beds in the East of England, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard sits close to the boundary betwixt Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of about 37,000 and a historic past harping back to the Roman period, when the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the adjoining town of Linslade it is about halfway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is found near to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a significant quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's felt that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, historic artefacts and coins uncovered nearby show evidence of this. The longstanding Watling Street (made by the Romans), now named the A5, passed through the close by areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about 2,000 in years past, and the Romans would have at least been aware of Leighton Buzzard at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who introduced the market place sometime in the tenth century, and artefacts unearthed show that they were inhabiting the local area quite possibly since the 6th Century. The village as it was was not reported until 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) listed Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, embraced a lot larger area than merely the town alone, and incorporated the hamlets of Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" element was not appended till the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" which was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to a great many tenants over the generations, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement continued to grow over the ensuing decades and the appearance of a canal and a railway in the Nineteenth Century saw the town grow and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard is a bustling market town which has witnessed greater development in recent times.

Tourist Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which extends for approximately four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway utilizes refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Dropshort Marsh, Lancot Meadow, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Totternhoe Knolls, Ford End Watermill, Bluebell Wood, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Whipsnade Zoo, Rushmere Park, Mead Open Farm, Ascott House, Woburn Abbey, Great Adventure Game.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Plantation Road, Millstream Way, Brownslea, Neptune Gardens, Highcroft, Mardle Road, Draper Way, Saxons Close, Bideford Green, Lee Don Furlong, Brooklands Drive, Heath Court, Milebush, Queen Street, Bewdley Drive, Cutlers Way, The Martins Drive, Stephenson Close, Garden Leys, Church Avenue, Carina Drive, Basildon Court, Old Chapel Mews, Rock Lane, Bramble Close, Winston Close, Knaves Hill, Kiteleys Green, Cetus Crescent, Shenley Close, Aquila Road, Hollies Court, Badgers Brook, Laurel Mews, St Leonard's Close, Drakes Avenue, Church Road, Fyne Drive, Greaves Way, Corbet Ride, The Walnuts, South Street, Church Square, Cheviot Close, Weston Avenue, Gemini Close, Hercules Close, Vicarage Road, Woodman Close, Midway, Rosebery Avenue.

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