Living History Shop Trail goes live on October 1 and will reveal fascinating facts about Leighton Buzzard businesses

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it will be no surprise that the plans for annual Living History Day within Leighton Buzzard have changed this year.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 5:22 pm

To assist with social distancing, and to ensure the programme of activity is able to be enjoyed by as many citizens from the town and further afield as possible, a hybrid of town centre and online activity has been devised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council.

Working with the Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological & Historical Society, the Living History Shop Trail has been put together featuring nine shops and establishments within the town centre.

The trail uncovers buildings' history from years gone by alongside the modern day history of those who work in the shops now and how their business came to be based in the town.

Living History Shop Trail

Did you know one of the buildings on the trail was a pub from the 1500s? Or that the foundations of the high street were laid in the 14th century? Or even that one of the businesses celebrated 100 years of the business name in 2019?

Alongside the trail within the town centre, a collection of videos will be released throughout October and November across the town council's social media channels and website. The videos will allow those who are required to stay at home to access the trail and will provide the same information as the town centre trail in a digital format.

The trail will be installed into shops and business premises from Thursday, October 1 and will run until the end of November, allowing plenty of time for residents to access and take part over the next two months.

Full details of the trail and a short set of trail questions (and answers) will be available from Thursday, October 1 at