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Location: Bedfordshire, East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard lays right on the border in between Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of approximately thirty seven thousand and a story harping back to the Roman era, when the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the adjacent town of Linslade it is about midway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it is located next to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a substantial sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It's felt that there existed settlements in or around what is now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, historic relics and coinage picked up nearby give evidence of this. The old Watling Street (erected by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, cut through nearby Hockliffe and Dunstable over two thousand in years past, and the Romans would have at least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Romans were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who set up the market place during the tenth century, and relics uncovered show that they were residing in the area possibly since the sixth century. The village as it was was not discussed until 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) listed Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, in the past, covered a lot bigger area compared to the town itself, and incorporated the hamlets of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name seems to been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wouldn't be added before the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" which he had inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were let to an assortment of tenants over the generations, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard carried on expanding over the following decades and the appearance of a railway service and a canal during the 19th Century saw it expand and develop. Twenty-first century Leighton Buzzard is a flourishing market town that has witnessed accelerated development in recent times.

Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church first built in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for roughly four mls from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the service utilizes restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering 40 acres at close by Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Toddington Manor Gardens, Great Adventure Game, Whipsnade Zoo, Grebe Canal Cruises, Mead Open Farm, Pitstone Windmill, Totternhoe Knolls, Dunstable Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Woburn Heritage Centre, Bluebell Wood, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Aspley Woods, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Lady Cruises.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Crossway, Ship Road, Alwins Field, Craddocks Drive, Tindall Avenue, Rock Lane, The Maltings, Hornbeam Close, Boss Avenue, Cetus Crescent, Mill Road, Baker Street, Old Road, Falcon Mews, Milebush, Acacia Close, Gemini Close, Church Street, Brooklands Drive, Eriboll Close, Blakedown Road, Regent Street, Old Linslade Road, Church Square, Eden Way, Chelsea Green, Enterprise Way, Newman Way, Morar Close, North Street, George Street, Millers Close, Upper Coombe, Brook Street, Melfort Drive, Hawthorne Close, Springfield Road, Grasmere Way, Woburn Place, Lee Don Furlong, Derwent Road, Globe Lane, Queen Street, Hillside Road, Albany Road, Roosevelt Avenue, Old Chapel Mews, Taylor's Ride, Midway, Ascot Drive, Neptune Gardens.

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