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
Penn Common South Staffordshire Staffordshire Lying between Penn and Gospel End, 3.75 kms S of Wolverhampton.
Ayot Little Green Welwyn Hatfield Hertfordshire Located at Ayot Green, west of Welwyn Garden City.
Navestock Heath and Lane leading to Heathfield Meadow. Brentwood Essex Roadside verge at Sabine's Green, 6.25 kms N.W. of Brentwood.
Waste of the Manor adjoining St. Peter's Church, Tandridge. Tandridge Surrey Located along a minor road, in the centre of Tandridge.
Free Green Macclesfield Cheshire Along a minor road near Swan Green, 4.25 kms south of Knutsford
Land S.W. of Burledge Common Wansdyke Avon Located on Burledge Hill, 1 km SSW of Bishop Sutton
Land at Marsh, Oxenhope. Bradford West Yorkshire On south side of Penistone Hill at Upper Marsh, SW of Howarth.
Two pieces of land fronting Plank Lane, Water Orton. North Warwickshire Warwickshire Located along minor road on west edge of Water Orton.
Rosedale Moor Ryedale North Yorkshire Moorland located 3.25 km NW of Rosedale Abbey.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Located in Stean, 10.5 km NW of Pateley Bridge.