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.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Land in Parish of Crowmarsh. South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located north of North Stoke, 2.25 kms south of Wallingford.
Poors Land Allotments Salford Greater Manchester Located in Irlam, 14 kms W.S.W. of the centre of Manchester.
Saltcoats Watering Place Copeland Cumbria Located on the coast in Saltcoats, N.W. of Ravenglass.
Part of River Swale Richmondshire North Yorkshire Located in Brompton-on-Swale, 2.75 km NW of Catterick.
Land between Broadleaze and Dudgemore Farms, Cricklade. North Wiltshire Wiltshire Roadside verges along minor road, 1.5 km S of Cricklade.
Land at Odiham Common Hart Hampshire Woodland located 2.5 kms NNE of Odiham, west of Fleet.
Cotherstone Regulated Pasture Teesdale Durham Extensive area of moorland located 5 kms west of Barnard Castle
Syderstone Common Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Located 0.75 km south of Syderstone, 9 km WNW of Fakenham.
Land on E of River Test,S of Stockbridge Test Valley Hampshire Adjacent to tributary of River Test, 0.5km south of Stockbridge
Land near Bolton Church Bridge. Lancaster Lancashire Located in Bolton-le-Sands, 3 kms S.W. of Carnforth.

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