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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Located in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England, the town of Leighton Buzzard sits near the county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Beds, beside the Grand Union Canal, the town has a resident population of around 37,000 and a history going back to Roman days, when the Roman built A5 (then known as Watling St) passed the town. These days Leighton Buzzard is more or less connected to the nearby town of Linslade and it's approximately midway between Luton (Beds) and Milton Keynes (Bucks), it lays very close to the Chilterns (Chiltern Hills) and has a significant sand quarrying industry.

Leighton Buzzard Historic Past: It's believed that there had been settlements in and near to what is now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to unrecorded times, historical relics and coins stumbled on in close proximity give proof of this fact. The ancient Watling Street (engineered by the Romans), now called the A5, came through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe some two thousand years ago, and the Romans will have at the very least known of Leighton Buzzard during those times.

The Anglo-Saxons followed after the Romans, and it was them who developed the market place sometime in the tenth century, and relics found reveal that they were dwelling in the vicinity undoubtedly from the 6th Century. The commune as it was then isn't mentioned till 906 when the Danes produced a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book of 1086 talked about Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, typically, embraced a far bigger area than only the town itself, and consisted of the settlements of Billington, Heath & Reach, Stanbridge and Eggington. The "Leighton" in the name is thought to come from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" portion was not to be included till the twelfth century when the Dean of Lincoln wanted to differentiate it from yet another "Leighton" which he had within his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were leased to numerous tenants over the ages, like the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who backed Charles I in the Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe settlement carried on growing throughout the coming decades and the appearance of a canal and a railway during the Nineteenth Century saw it develop and develop. Current day Leighton Buzzard is a busy market town which has seen increased development in current times.

Things to Do in and Near Leighton Buzzard: All Saints Church first built in 1277, and its one hundred and ninety 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 line uses reconditioned steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a 40 acre park at neighbouring Heath and Reach with picnic area, woodland walks and a lake.

Also: Woburn Abbey, Lancot Meadow, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Dropshort Marsh, Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Grebe Canal Cruises, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Bluebell Wood, Rushmere Park, Ascott House, Totternhoe Knolls, Toddington Manor Gardens, Ouzel Meadows, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: Malvern Drive, Basildon Court, Highfield Road, Rannock Gardens, Carnation Close, Midway, Finch Crescent, Oak Bank Drive, Camberton Road, Southcourt Road, Hercules Close, The Maltings, Plantation Road, Derwent Road, Hydrus Drive, The Paddocks, Bushell Close, Water Lane, Leven Close, Calder Gardens, Hockliffe Street, Shepherds Mead, North Street, Hollies Court, Dove Tree Road, Blakedown Road, Kendal Gardens, Roosevelt Avenue, Draper Way, Rothschild Road, Linslade Road, Aquila Road, Meadow Way, Coniston Road, Saturn Close, Avery Close, Montgomery Close, Tindall Avenue, Market Square, Church Street, Miles Avenue, Primrose Gardens, Adams Bottom, Dingle Dell, Digby Road, Beaudesert, Marley Fields, Drakes Avenue, Old Road, Centauri Close, Lincombe Slade.

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