Common Land in England

Searchable database of all common land in England.

Common Land In England

Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England.

Search by village or parish name, or find all common land in a specific county. You can also list types of common land, as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Common Land In England

The website contains land records for nearly all parcels of registered common land in England, with additional data including location, area, extent of rights etc. The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land

The data powering the database is sourced from the government's DEFRA website. For information about UK Government property and land visit government buildings.

Village Greens

Town and village greens originate in customary law, where long-standing recreational use of land by the local inhabitants came to be recognised and protected by the courts. Greens are areas of land where local people have for many years indulged in lawful sports and pastimes, which might include organised or informal games, picnics, fetes, dog walking and similar activities. A green can be in private ownership but many greens are owned or maintained by town and parish councils.

Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
The Pond in Spriggs Alley Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common E of Sprigs Alley,2km N of Stokenchurch.
The Garden Allotment Bridgnorth Shropshire Located 0.5km NW of Sutton, 1km SE of Chelmarsh.
Ryestreet Common Waverley Surrey Partly wooded area, located east of Chiddingfold.
Victoria Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester 0.5km S of Coed Poeth Farm,1km NE of Michaelchurch Escley
Lydlinch Common North Dorset Dorset Part wooded unit W of Lydlinch, 4.5 km W of Sturminster Newton.
Scad Beck Common Allerdale Cumbria Located on the coast at Allonby Bay, 2 kms north of Maryport.
Lanceys Rig Quarry Tynedale Northumberland Located on Haydon fell, 2.75 kms north of Haydon Bridge.
The Pound Chichester West Sussex Located at Highleigh, Sidlesham, 7.5 kms S.S.W. of Chichester.
Broadmoor Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located 1.5km NW of Woolhope on edge of Haugh Wood
Blackland Common Horsham West Sussex On S side of B2116,2km S of Wineham.