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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the small town of Leighton Buzzard sits right on the county boundary betwixt Bucks and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a population close to thirty seven thousand and a story stretching back to the era of the Romans, at which time the historic A5 (then known as Watling St) passed by the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is pretty much connected to the neighbouring town of Linslade it is about midway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is situated next to the Chiltern Hills and boasts a substantial quarrying industry (sand).

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is considered that there were settlements in or around what's now known as Leighton Buzzard harping back to prehistoric times, age-old artefacts and coinage picked up in the area give evidence of this fact. The historical Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now named the A5, went through the neighbouring areas of Hockliffe and Dunstable around two thousand yrs ago, and the Romans should have at least known of Leighton Buzzard at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons followed the Romans, and it was they who introduced a market during the tenth century, and artefacts stumbled upon show that they were settling the local area perhaps since the 6th Century. The village as it was then wasn't observed till 906 after the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book (1086) outlined Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, comprised a substantially greater area than simply the town alone, and covered the settlements of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the name of the town might possibly have come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" piece was not to be added on prior to the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln found it desirable to differentiate it from an extra "Leighton" that existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to several tenants through the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I through the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement grew even larger throughout the coming generations and the coming of a canal and a railway during the 19th Century saw the town develop and grow. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard can be described as a growing market town which has seen improved development in the last few years.

Places to Visit Around Leighton Buzzard: The All Saints Church begun in 1277, along with its 190 foot spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway line which extends for about four mls from the station in Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway uses restored steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at close by Heath and Reach with a picnic area, a lake and woodland walks.

Also: Bluebell Wood, Aspley Woods, Woburn Heritage Centre, Woburn Abbey, Ascott House, Dunstable Downs, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, C2 Gallery, Whipsnade Zoo, Ouzel Meadows, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Great Adventure Game, Rushmere Park.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Goodman Drive, Brownslea, Woodman Close, Pegasus Road, Centauri Close, Chelsea Green, Station Road, Orchard Drive, Oxendon Court, Mentmore Road, Beaudesert, Melfort Drive, Stephenson Close, Falcon Mews, Greenlands, Orion Way, George Street, Mowbray Drive, Commerce Way, Wheatfield Close, Boss Avenue, Carlton Grove, Himley Green, Grasmere Way, Loyne Close, Cheviot Close, Maree Close, Village Court, Kendal Gardens, The Wood, Greenhill, Gemini Close, Shenley Close, Dingle Dell, Rock Close, Grovebury Place Estate, Rock Lane, Willow Bank Walk, Linslade Road, Harmony Row, Woburn Place, Waterloo Road, Atterbury Avenue, Ash Grange, Soulbury Road, Weston Avenue, Nelson Road, Barleycorn Close, Shenley Hill Road, Meadow Way, Marley Fields.

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