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

Population: 37,000

Positioned within the county of Beds, the bustling town of Leighton Buzzard sits near to the boundary betwixt Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace close to thirty seven thousand and a history stretching back to the Roman period, when the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is more or less joined to the adjacent town of Linslade it is approximately midway between Luton (Bedfordshire) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it is situated near the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It is felt that there existed settlements in and near to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, old relics and coinage found near by give proof of this. The age old Watling Street (fashioned by the Romans), now termed the A5, passed through the nearby areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe over 2,000 years ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of the village at this time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who set up the market place in about the 10th Century, and artefacts stumbled on denote that they were living in the region most likely since the 6th Century. The settlement as it was then was not cited till 906 when the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book talked about Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, historically, embraced a considerably bigger area than just the town by itself, and incorporated the settlements of Stanbridge, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Billington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town is thought to been taken from the old English meaning "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part wouldn't be applied until the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to differentiate it from another "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to a great many tenants over the centuries, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who supported Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement continued to grow through the ensuing decades and the appearance of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw it develop and expand. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a bustling market town that's witnessed accelerated development in recent times.

Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its 190 foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which goes for about 4 mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line makes use of renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park comprising 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Aspley Woods, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Rushmere Park, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Great Adventure Game, Bluebell Wood, Leighton Lady Cruises, Whipsnade Zoo, Pitstone Green Museum, Ford End Watermill, Woburn Abbey, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Woburn Heritage Centre.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Bridge Street, Heath Road, Neptune Gardens, St Mary's Way, Rock Close, Miletree Court, Adastral Avenue, Ledburn Grove, Apple Tree Close, Water Lane, Brooklands Drive, Station Road, Waterdell, Mountbatten Gardens, Carlton Grove, Northcourt, Sandy Lane, Robinswood Close, Rock Lane, Adaern Close, Middle Green, Chelsea Green, Malvern Drive, Marley Fields, Enterprise Way, Oakley Green, Hercules Close, Craddocks Drive, Roosevelt Avenue, Bossington Lane, Linwood Grove, Orchard Drive, Shenley Close, Acacia Close, Oakridge Park, Grange Close, Gemini Close, Woodman Close, High Street, Blenheim Road, Globe Lane, Woodside Way, Copper Beech Way, Barleycorn Close, Stoke Road, Ashburnham Crescent, Vimy Road, Fallowfield, Meadow Way, The Martins Drive, Grovebury Road.

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The above information and facts will be pertinent for adjacent parishes and towns such as: Heath and Reach, Little Brickhill, Battlesden, Dunstable, Tebworth, Eaton Bray, Stanbridge, Toddington, Stoke Hammond, Horton, Stewkley, Wingrave, Milton Bryant, Cheddington, Grove, Slapton, Eggington, Great Brickhill, Little Billington, Bragenham, Wing, Mentmore, Hockliffe, Burcott, Briggington, Clipstone, Linslade, Soulbury, Billington, Wingfield, Houghton Regis, Luton. Map - Weather