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

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Beds in the East of England, the small town of Leighton Buzzard lays right on the county boundary in between Beds and Bucks, on the Grand Union Canal, it has a population of around thirty seven thousand and a historical past going back to the days of the Romans, at which time the ancient A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. Today Leighton Buzzard is linked to the nearby town of Linslade and it is roughly midway between Luton and Milton Keynes, it stands close to the Chiltern Hills (Chilterns) and boasts an important sand quarrying industry.

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is believed that there were settlements in or around what is now known as Leighton Buzzard long ago in prehistoric times, early artefacts and coins discovered in the area show evidence of this fact. The early Watling Street (built by the Romans), now referred to as the A5, passed through nearby Hockliffe and Dunstable about 2,000 years back, and the Romans will have at least known of Leighton Buzzard as they passed it.

The Anglo-Saxons came after the Romans, and it was the Anglo-Saxons who introduced the market place in about the tenth century, and artefacts stumbled upon reveal that they were inhabiting the vicinity undoubtedly from the sixth century. The commune existing at this time isn't remarked upon till 906 after the Danes signed a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 named Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, embodied a considerably greater area than simply the town alone, and contained the settlements of Stanbridge, Heath & Reach, Eggington and BIllington. The "Leighton" in the town's name may likely have derived from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" section wouldn't be applied before the twelfth century at which time the Dean of Lincoln had to distinguish it from a second "Leighton" that was within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton would be tenanted to an assortment of tenants through the ages, including the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who helped Charles I throughout the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainLeighton Buzzard grew even bigger over the succeeding years and the construction of a railway service and a canal in the 19th Century saw it develop and develop. Contemporary Leighton Buzzard can be described as a busy market town that's seen greater development in the past few years.

Attractions Around Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church which dates from 1277, and its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the popular Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for approximately 4 miles from the station at Pages Park, to two now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the line uses refurbished steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a forty acre park at close by Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Pitstone Green Museum, Leighton Lady Cruises, Woburn Heritage Centre, Grebe Canal Cruises, Mead Open Farm, Aspley Woods, Ascott House, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, C2 Gallery, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Great Adventure Game, Woburn Abbey, Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Doggett Street, King Street, Vicarage Road, Appenine Way, Boss Avenue, Harcourt Close, Old Chapel Mews, Hydrus Drive, Centauri Close, The Vyne, Hillside Road, Crossway, North Street, Acacia Close, Linslade Road, Bunkers Lane, Maree Close, Wing Road, Vicarage Gardens, Waterloo Road, The Maltings, Oakridge Park, Southcourt Avenue, Church Street, Globe Lane, Water Lane, Mercury Way, Lincombe Slade, Russell Way, The Chilterns, Hockliffe Street, Melfort Drive, Greenhill, Heath Park Road, Kendal Gardens, Lywood Road, Badgers Brook, Harrow Road, Plantation Road, Southcourt Road, Eriboll Close, Ashwell Street, Eden Way, Oak Bank Drive, Oakley Green, Lee Don Furlong, Stanbridge Road Terrace, Adastral Avenue, Pennivale Close, Cotswold Drive, Robinswood Close.

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