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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard is near the county border betwixt Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population of around thirty seven thousand and a heritage going back to the Roman era, when the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjacent town of Linslade and it is approximately mid-way between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is placed close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a vital quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is considered that there were settlements in and near to what is now called Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coinage discovered in the area give proof of this fact. The ancient Watling Street (erected by the Romans), now named the A5, went through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe about two thousand in years past, and the Romans will have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who set up the market place sometime in the tenth century, and relics stumbled upon suggest that they were residing in the area more than likely from the sixth century. The settlement as it was wasn't documented till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book talked about Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, covered a significantly wider area compared to the town alone, and incorporated the hamlets of Billington, Stanbridge, Heath & Reach and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section was not to be applied prior to the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln needed to distinguish it from the other "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to numerous tenants over the ages, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who assisted Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town continued to grow over the coming years and the development of a railway line and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and evolve. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard can be described as a thriving market town that's seen accelerated development in the past several years.

Leighton Buzzard Places to Visit: The All Saints Church commenced in 1277, along with its 190 foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for about four mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service makes use of reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Mead Open Farm, Leighton Lady Cruises, Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Toddington Manor Gardens, C2 Gallery, Ascott House, Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Lancot Meadow, Ouzel Meadows, Ford End Watermill, Totternhoe Knolls.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Rannock Gardens, Monarch Way, Heath Park Drive, Lywood Road, Jupiter Drive, Midway, Chelsea Green, Claridge Close, East Street, Rosebery Avenue, Queen Street, Highcroft, Bassett Road, Neptune Gardens, Himley Green, Pegasus Road, Cotefield Drive, Ashlong Close, Brooklands Drive, Windermere Gardens, Grovebury Place Estate, Harmony Row, The Wharf, Summer Street, Garden Leys, Atterbury Avenue, Melfort Drive, Plum Tree Lane, Oak Bank Drive, Leighton Road, Primrose Gardens, Church Street, The Paddocks, Blenheim Road, Grovebury Road, Cygnus Drive, Hawthorne Close, Chartmoor Road, Firbank Way, Lincombe Slade, Harcourt Close, Apple Tree Close, New Road, Morar Close, Dove Tree Road, Upper Coombe, The Heath, Beech Grove, Mardle Road, Vandyke Road, Cleveland Drive.

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