In the Domesday Book, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade were both called Leestone.
Leighton Buzzard contains All Saints' Church, an Early English parish church dating from 1277.
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) is a town in Bedfordshire, England near the Chiltern Hills and lying between Luton and Milton Keynes.
It adjoins Linslade and the name Leighton Linslade is sometimes used to refer to the combination of the two towns; parts of this article also apply to Linslade as well as Leedon.
For local government purposes, the town is part of the Central Bedfordshire district and is administered jointly with Linslade as the civil parish of Leighton-Linslade.
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 Lēah-tūn, meaning 'farm in a clearing in the woods'.
After the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Leighton Buzzard became the centre of a poor law union that consisted of 15 surrounding parishes with the union workhouse (still standing) being sited in Grovebury Road.
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 "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. 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 Robbery, which is based on the so-called "Great Train Robbery" (1963), whereas the actual robbery took place just outside the town, at Bridego bridge, Ledburn.