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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the delightful town of Leighton Buzzard sits very near to the boundary in between Bedfordshire and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a populace of around 37,000 and a historic past going back to the era of the Romans, at which time the historic Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the neighbouring town of Linslade and it is roughly mid-way between Milton Keynes and Luton, it can be found near to the Chilterns and boasts a substantial quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Through the Ages: It's considered that there were settlements in or around what is now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, historic artifacts and coins stumbled on near by offer evidence of this. The age old Watling Street (set up by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, ran through the nearby areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable some two thousand in years past, and the Romans would have at least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement at this time.

The Romans were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who created a market sometime in the 10th Century, and artifacts uncovered show that they were inhabiting the region almost certainly since the sixth century. The commune existing at that time is not documented until 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the 1086 Domesday Book identified Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in times past, incorporated a way bigger area than merely the town itself, and contained the hamlets of Eggington, Heath & Reach, Billington and Stanbridge. The "Leighton" in the name seems to been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" component was not to be added up until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be leased to an assortment of tenants over the years, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger throughout the ensuing generations and the establishing of of a railway line and a canal during the 19th Century saw it develop and grow. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a thriving market town that has witnessed increased development in recent times.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, along with its 190 foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for approximately 4 mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway employs restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Leighton Lady Cruises, Great Adventure Game, Pitstone Windmill, Woburn Heritage Centre, Ascott House, Pitstone Green Museum, C2 Gallery, Rushmere Park, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Woburn Abbey, Ouzel Meadows, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Grebe Canal Cruises, Mead Open Farm.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Millbank, Leopold Road, Carina Drive, Old Linslade Road, Calder Gardens, Ashwell Street, Bewdley Drive, Tindall Avenue, East Street, Meadow Way, Ash Grove, Alwins Field, Nebular Court, Russell Way, Highfield Road, Badgers Brook, Sandhills, Acacia Close, Summer Street, Greenlands, Chartmoor Road, Plum Tree Lane, West Street, Wing Road, Malvern Drive, Grovebury Road, Hockliffe Road, St Andrew's Street, Fyne Drive, Clarence Road, Gemini Close, Leighton Road, George Street, Highcroft, Mountbatten Gardens, St Mary's Way, Hanover Court, Southcourt Avenue, Neptune Gardens, Drakes Avenue, Chelsea Green, Oakley Green, Pear Tree Lane, Pulford Road, Claridge Close, Faulkner's Way, Dudley Street, Sandy Lane, Middle Green, Lywood Road, Weston Avenue.

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