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

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire, the quiet town of Leighton Buzzard lies close to the border betwixt Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the town has a populace of about 37,000 and a story stretching back to the Roman era, at which time the historical A5 (then known as Watling Street) passed by the town. Nowadays Leighton Buzzard is coupled with the nearby town of Linslade and it's about halfway between Milton Keynes and Luton, it is situated close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts a vital sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It is felt that there existed settlements in and close to what's now called Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, old relics and coinage picked up nearby offer proof of this fact. The age old Watling Street (crafted by the Romans), now identified as the A5, passed through the close by areas of Dunstable and Hockliffe approximately two thousand years ago, and the Romans would have at the very least known of the village at that time.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was they who set up the market place sometime in the 10th Century, and antiquities stumbled upon show that they were staying in the vicinity almost certainly from the 6th Century. The commune as it was then was not reported till 906 at which time the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 specified Leighton Manor.

The parish of Leighton Buzzard, traditionally, covered a lot larger area than simply the town alone, and covered the hamlets 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" element wasn't added till the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln was required to distinguish it from a different "Leighton" which existed inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to various tenants over the ages, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I through the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger over the coming decades and the development of a railway and a canal in the Nineteenth Century saw it expand and develop. Modern day Leighton Buzzard can be described as a blooming market town which has seen greater development in current times.

Leighton Buzzard Things to Do: The All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot spire, the well known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway which operates for around 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 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with a lake, woodland walks and a picnic area.

Also: Woburn Heritage Centre, Mead Open Farm, Pitstone Green Museum, Lancot Meadow, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Totternhoe Knolls, Leighton Lady Cruises, Aspley Woods, Woburn Abbey, Grebe Canal Cruises, Pitstone Windmill, Whipsnade Zoo, Ford End Watermill, Dropshort Marsh, Toddington Manor Gardens.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Saxons Close, Wheatfield Close, Adaern Close, Mardle Road, Aquila Road, The Wharf, Mill Road, Orion Way, Cygnus Drive, Oakley Green, Soulbury Road, Church Avenue, Nebular Court, Riverside, Millers Close, Camberton Road, Harmony Row, Clipstone Crescent, Copper Beech Way, Lime Grove, Station Road, Grove Place, Mowbray Drive, Malvern Drive, Firs Path, Badgers Brook, Pennivale Close, Pear Tree Lane, Springfield Road, Eriboll Close, The Heath, Village Court, Clay Furlong, Harcourt Close, Oak Bank Drive, Ridgeley Drive, Cotswold Drive, Plantation Road, Woodman Close, Monarch Way, Capshill Avenue, Barleycorn Close, Jupiter Drive, Craddocks Drive, Leven Close, Cedars Way, Weston Avenue, Shenley Hill Road, Rowley Furrows, Oatfield Gardens, Ledburn Grove.

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