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 Village Square Kerrier Cornwall Located on the NW edge of Lizard.
Roadside Waste, Aspenden Road, Buntingford. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located adjacent to River Rib, between Buntingford and Aspenden
Little Orton Pond Carlisle Cumbria Located in Little Orton, to the west of Carlisle.
Land at Holcombe Farm Stroud Gloucestershire Verge along minor road near Holcombe Farm, 1.75 km NW Painswick
Hawkesden Leys Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located south of Gallow Brook, N.E. of St. Neots.
Nameless piece of land at Lerryn. Caradon Cornwall Adjacent to River Lerryn in Lerryn, 4.25 km SE of Lostwithiel.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located in Appletreewick, 6.5 km SE of Grassington.
Bedminster Down Bristol Avon Located along A 38 at Bedminster, on SW outskirts of Bristol.
Great Langdale Common South Lakeland Cumbria Area of fell, including Langdale Pikes, 3 kms west of Grasmere.
Kings Green, Oxted. Tandridge Surrey Located along a minor road to the south of Oxted.