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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard sits near the county boundary between Bedfordshire and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, it has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a historic past harping back to the era of the Romans, when the historic A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the nearby town of Linslade it is roughly midway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it lays near the Chiltern Hills and has a substantial quarrying industry (sand).

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is felt that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, ancient relics and coinage picked up in close proximity give proof of this fact. The historic Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now identified as the A5, passed through the nearby towns of Dunstable and Hockliffe about 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who were using the market place in around the 10th Century, and artefacts discovered show that they were residing in the area in all likelihood since the 6th Century. The commune existing then was not referred to until 906 after the Danes made a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 talked about Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, encompassed a significantly bigger area than simply the town itself, and comprised the hamlets of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to originated from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section was not put on until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln found it imperative to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to a great many tenants through the eras, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town carried on expanding throughout the ensuing years and the arrival of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw it expand and develop. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town which has seen accelerated development in the past few years.

Places of Interest Around Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its 190 foot high spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which runs for approximately four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park embracing forty acres at neighbouring Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Whipsnade Zoo, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, Bluebell Wood, Mead Open Farm, Great Adventure Game, C2 Gallery, Woburn Heritage Centre, Lancot Meadow, Ascott House, Toddington Manor Gardens, Pitstone Green Museum, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Ford End Watermill, Ouzel Meadows, Aspley Woods.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Dukes Ride, St Andrew's Street, Chiltern Gardens, Grange Close, Bossington Lane, Newman Way, The Heath, Harcourt Close, Woodside Way, Hockliffe Street, Hartwell Crescent, Alwins Field, Miletree Court, Brook Street, Craddocks Drive, Coniston Road, The Maltings, Chestnut Hill, Greenlands, Pulford Road, Rowley Furrows, Blakedown Road, St Mary's Way, Finch Crescent, Mountbatten Gardens, Billington Road, Cheviot Close, Millbank, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Windermere Gardens, Bassett Road, Midway, Garden Leys, Russell Way, Rock Lane, Steppingstone Place, Southcourt Avenue, Calder Gardens, Grasmere Way, Brooklands Avenue, Aries Court, Beech Grove, Doggett Street, Shenley Hill Road, Cotswold Drive, Nebular Court, Church Square, Elliot Way, North Star Drive, Omega Court, Pennivale Close.

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