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Location: Bedfordshire (Beds), East of England, United Kingdom.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Beds in the East of England, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard stands right on the county boundary betwixt Beds and Bucks, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a population of approximately 37,000 and a past extending back to the era of the Romans, when the early A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjoining town of Linslade and is roughly halfway between Luton and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), it stands very close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has an important quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard History: It's considered that there were settlements in and near to what is now named Leighton Buzzard harping back to unrecorded times, historic artefacts and coinage picked up nearby give evidence of this. The age old Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through close by Hockliffe and Dunstable roughly 2,000 yrs ago, and the Romans will have at least been aware of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who were using a market during the 10th Century, and artefacts discovered suggest that they were dwelling in the region quite possibly from the sixth century. The village as it was is not mentioned till 906 at which time the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) recognised Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, incorporated a far larger area compared to the town alone, and consisted of the settlements of Billington, Heath & Reach, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to been taken from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion did not get appended before the 12th Century at which time the Dean of Lincoln found it crucial to distinguish it from another "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to numerous tenants over the eras, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing throughout the ensuing generations and the building of a canal and a railway line in the 19th Century saw it evolve and develop. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town that's witnessed accelerated development in the last few years.

Attractions in Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church initiated in 1277, along with its 190 foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which operates for about four miles from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway employs refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Woburn Heritage Centre, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Woburn Abbey, Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs, Ouzel Meadows, Grebe Canal Cruises, C2 Gallery, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Totternhoe Knolls, Toddington Manor Gardens, Dropshort Marsh, Mead Open Farm, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Great Adventure Game, Lancot Meadow.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Broomhills Road, Cherrycourt Way, Drakes Avenue, Barnabas Road, Eriboll Close, Meadow Way, Laurel Mews, The Walnuts, Rosebery Avenue, Saturn Close, Blakedown Road, Sandy Lane, North Street, Soulbury Road, Church Square, Woodland Avenue, Lywood Road, Billington Road, Robinswood Close, Hercules Close, Atterbury Avenue, Concord Way, Epsom Close, Mentmore Road, Carlton Grove, Hockliffe Street, High Street, Nebular Court, Blenheim Road, Ash Grove, New Road, Garden Hedge, Chelsea Green, Fallowfield, Danes Way, Dukes Ride, Churchill Road, Windermere Gardens, Meadway, The Martins Drive, Hydrus Drive, Edward Street, Grove Road, Waterdell, Oatfield Gardens, Firbank Way, The Wharf, Falcon Mews, Oakley Green, Heath Road, Draper Way.

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