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

Population: 37,000

Based in the county of Beds, the busy town of Leighton Buzzard is very close to the boundary betwixt Buckinghamshire and Beds, on the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population close to thirty seven thousand and a history stretching back to the Roman period, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is attached to the adjacent town of Linslade and it is roughly halfway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it can be found near to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard History: It is thought that there were settlements in and close to what is now known as Leighton Buzzard long ago in unrecorded times, old relics and coinage discovered in the area offer evidence of this fact. The longstanding Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now known as the A5, went through the nearby settlements of Dunstable and Hockliffe about two thousand years back, and the Romans should have at the very least been aware of the Leighton Buzzard settlement during those times.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who were using the market place sometime in the 10th Century, and artefacts uncovered show that they were inhabiting the area most probably from the 6th Century. The village existing then wasn't reported until 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book described Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, encompassed a much greater area than merely the town itself, and incorporated the hamlets of Eggington, Standbridge, Billington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name of the town appears to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part did not get put on prior to the 12th Century when the Dean of Lincoln needed to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to a variety of tenants over the generations, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who endorsed Charles I throughout the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even bigger through the following generations and the appearance of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw the town develop and grow. Present day Leighton Buzzard is a thriving market town that's witnessed accelerated development in the recent past.

Leighton Buzzard Places to Visit: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its 190 foot spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which goes for approximately four mls from the station at 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 forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Grebe Canal Cruises, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Dropshort Marsh, Pitstone Green Museum, Great Adventure Game, Toddington Manor Gardens, Totternhoe Knolls, Rushmere Park, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Pitstone Windmill, Ascott House, Woburn Heritage Centre, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Ford End Watermill.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Cetus Crescent, Corbet Ride, Lywood Road, Water Lane, Golden Riddy, Old Linslade Road, Mentmore Gardens, Eriboll Close, Shenley Hill Road, Village Court, Cherrycourt Way, Brookside Walk, Aquila Road, Calder Gardens, Omega Court, Malvern Drive, Lake Street, Gemini Close, Steppingstone Place, Heath Park Drive, Kiteleys Green, Midway, Bramble Close, Cedars Way, Bossard Court, Highfield Road, Elliot Way, Barnabas Road, Boss Avenue, Cleveland Drive, Neptune Gardens, Concord Way, Soulbury Road, The Chilterns, Vicarage Road, Adastral Avenue, Chamberlains Gardens, Miles Avenue, Ship Road, Clipstone Crescent, Ascot Drive, Middle Green, Mardle Road, Waterloo Road, Greaves Way, Cygnus Drive, Albany Road, Old Chapel Mews, Greenhill, Delamere Gardens, Millstream Way.

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