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Location: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Bedfordshire, the tranquil town of Leighton Buzzard lays near to the county border between Beds and Bucks, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, it has a populace of approximately thirty seven thousand and a past going back to the days of the Romans, at which time the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. At present Leighton Buzzard is connected to the nearby town of Linslade and it's roughly halfway between Luton and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it sits near the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has an important sand quarrying industry.

The Story of Leighton Buzzard: It's believed that there had been settlements in and near to what is now called Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, age-old artifacts and coinage picked up near by offer proof of this. The age old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now named the A5, cut through the neighbouring settlements of Hockliffe and Dunstable around about two thousand years ago, and the Romans would have at the very least known of the Leighton Buzzard settlement as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was they who used a market sometime in the tenth century, and relics discovered suggest that they were residing in the locale possibly from the sixth century. The settlement as it was then wasn't reported till 906 at which time the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) named Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, embodied a way wider area compared to the town alone, and consisted of the settlements of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name could have come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section was not put in up until the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from another "Leighton" which was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the years, for example the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger during the succeeding decades and the appearance of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town evolve and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a successful market town that has witnessed increased development in the past few years.

Leighton Buzzard Attractions: The All Saints Church started in 1277, along with its 190 foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which goes for around four miles from the station in Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line employs refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with lake, picnic area and woodland walks.

Also: Dunstable Downs, Great Adventure Game, Grebe Canal Cruises, Aspley Woods, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, C2 Gallery, Toddington Manor Gardens, Leighton Lady Cruises, Woburn Abbey, Ford End Watermill, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, Pitstone Green Museum, Whipsnade Zoo, Lancot Meadow, Bluebell Wood.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Oxendon Court, Market Square, Clipstone Crescent, Springfield Road, Aries Court, Cotefield Drive, Adaern Close, Oak Bank Drive, Faulkner's Way, Rothschild Road, Bushell Close, Camberton Road, Southcourt Road, Southcourt Avenue, Summer Street, The Maltings, Hornbeam Close, Boss Avenue, Goodman Drive, Digby Road, Copper Beech Way, Winston Close, Billington Court, Queen Street, Neptune Gardens, Hollies Court, Windsor Avenue, Millers Close, Maree Close, Saxons Close, Chestnut Rise, The Heath, The Walnuts, Coniston Road, Redwood Glade, Carina Drive, Blenheim Road, Harcourt Close, Avery Close, Calder Gardens, Garden Hedge, Lywood Road, Chestnut Hill, Woburn Place, White House Court, Clarence Road, Drakes Avenue, Claridge Close, Broomhills Road, Barleycorn Close, Rye Close.

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