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Leighton Buzzard history and a selection of our local providers.


There are a number of theories concerning the derivation of the town’s name, but the most likely is that “Leighton” came from Old English language Lëah-tün, meaning a ‘farm in a clearing in the woods’. The “Buzzard” was added by the Dean of Lincoln, in whose diocese the town lay in the 12th century. Having two communities called “Leighton” and seeking some means of differentiating them, he added the name of his local Prebendary or representative to that of the town. At that time it was a Theobald de Busar and so over the years the town became known as Leighton Buzzard. The other Leighton became Leighton Bromswold.


Leighton Buzzard is also famous as the Grand Union Canal was opened there. More recently, Leighton Buzzard station was the location for part of the film The Great Train Robbery (1963), while the actual robbery took place just outside of the town, at Bridego bridge, Ledburn. In the Domesday Book, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade were both called Leestone.

Local Attractions

Leighton Buzzard contains All Saints Church, an Early English parish church dating from 1277. The church has a 190 ft spire and has been described as the cathedral of South Bedfordshire. The church was damaged by fire in the 1980s, but has since undergone restoration.



The town is also known for the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow gauge heritage railway.


The town has a combined library and theatre where both live events and film screenings are regularly held.


A network of historic tunnels exists under the High Street; these are believed to date from medieval times. The tunnels have not been investigated, but one is easily accessible from the cellarage of Wilkinson Estate Agents at the top of Market Square. The cellar, probably an ice house, extends under the road by some 16 feet and is in very good condition. The tunnel is sealed for safety reasons. It goes in a southerly direction towards the former Market Tavern (now Bell) public house some 100 yards and legend has it that other tunnels from the church and other public houses link up under the street in network that covers some 500 yards.

A selection of our local service providers – Letting agents in Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas. – Professional website design and digital marketing for all businesses. – Are a Solicitors and Notary public firm with traditional values. The practice in Bletchley, Milton Keynes provides a full range of legal services for individual and business clients. – Excel 121 Ltd is a “Whole of Market” Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) firm.
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