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The history of Leighton-Linslade brought to life.

Strolling down Leighton Buzzard’s High Street into the wide Market Square takes you through 1,000 years of history, and thanks to the Buzzard Trails iOS and Android app, into the lives of some of the town’s most famous and intriguing characters.

It will take around 45 minutes to complete the Living History Trail. Along the way you’ll visit the home of Mary Norton, author of the internationally-famous Borrowers books. Mary drew inspiration for the enchanting world of adventure she created for her tiny protagonists from her childhood home. And an author of a different genre, Alexander Muddiman, founded the Leighton Buzzard Observer in 1861. Visit his former offices.

The former offices of the Leighton Buzzard Observer are featured in the Living History Trail. Alexander Muddiman founded the Leighton Buzzard Observer in 1861

The former offices of the Leighton Buzzard Observer, founded by Alexander Muddiman, are featured in the Buzzard Trail app.

And whilst Mary Bassett may today be best remembered by the primary school named after her, it was her groundbreaking work with Leighton Buzzard’s disabled community in the 19th century that this philanthropist is rightly celebrated.

The interactive Buzzard Trails app also contains a children’s trail, souvenir selfies to share with friends and family, and a fun quiz to test your knowledge of the town and its former inhabitants. Use the map to find your way from place to place and learn the fascinating stories, view old photos and listen to audio recordings as you explore Leighton-Linslade’s commercial centre.


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You can also download a Living History Trail map and information leaflet from or pick up one from The White House in Hockliffe Street.

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