Leighton Buzzard, Steeped In History!

Had a bit of a ‘lie in’ this morning, and we woke to glorious sunshine at about 8:30 am, normally I’m up a good 2 hours earlier.

Our first chore when waking, is to check the batteries to see if the batteries need charging by starting up the engine. We were pleasantly surprised to see the battery bank was topped up, and was on ‘float’ – ‘thank you’ solar panels! The wind might be cold, but the sun is obviously getting stronger. So far today (it’s now 4:00 pm) we’ve not had to start the engine, the solar panels are keeping up with our electric usage, and that includes the inverter.

On waking, half of Cyan was surrounded by ice, obviously the ‘half’ without ice was sheltered from the cold wind.

We’ve stopped at a really ‘gem’ of a spot. Both sides of the canal have open, public areas, and dedicated to nature preservation. This morning we took ourselves for a walk along the towpath, which is tarmacked; we turned into ‘Peace Meadow’, then over the bridge into ‘Tiddenfoot Waterside Park’. We then walked around the flooded sand quarry, followed the path back, passing where we were moored (see pic below), over a footbridge bridge, and then back to Cyan.

Cyan, sitting in the sunshine.

Cyan sitting in the sunshine, solar panels absorbing quite a bit of energy.

We took a pic of each ‘information sign’, but unfortunately the writing in the pic isn’t big enough to read very well.

You can read the fascinating history of Linslade and Leighton Buzzard over the last 1500 year here. I didn’t realise that all communications during WW2 was centralised here in Leighton Buzzard – there’s such a lot to this place of which I had no idea.

The ‘Grand Union Canal’ played a big part in the wealth of this town, with the canal transporting sand from the huge sand quarry, which is now a lake. Apparently the lake is famous in fishing quarters.

The ‘Peace Meadow’, as you can imagine was a place where a declaration of peace was signed. The Declaration was in AD906 between Edward the Elder, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex, and Guthrum, ruler of Danelaw.

The place is busy with walkers, though granted today is a sunny Sunday!

John’s DNA is rooted in these parts, his ancestors (Willson with a double ‘ll’) worked for the railways in Leighton Buzzard a couple hundred years ago, before moving to London to work at Willesden Station during Victorian times.

Think we’ll be sensible and stay here for a few days. It’s forecast to be windy later tonight, in fact the canal is starting to get a bit ‘choppy’.

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