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
Common Land Scarborough North Yorkshire Along minor road in Castleton, 10.75 km SE of Guisborough.
Stafford Common Stafford Staffordshire Stafford Common located on the northern outskirts of Stafford.
Netherwood Hey Kirklees West Yorkshire Moorland sited 1 km north of Marsden, 10 kms SW of Huddersfield
Litcham Common Breckland Norfolk Litcham Common located on the south edge of Litcham.
Handley Green Chelmsford Essex Verges located west of Margaretting, 6.75 kms SW of Chelmsford.
Land at Mill Dam Bridge Macclesfield Cheshire Located in Kettleshulme, 9.25 kms N.E. of Macclesfield.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located north of Oxenbar Wood, 1 km east of Austwick.
Common Land Hambleton North Yorkshire Verge along minor road in Sowerby, on SE outskirts of Thirsk.
Claygate Common Elmbridge Surrey Area of woodland, located in Claygate, to the S.E. of Esher.
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Adjacent to River Bure, E of Brampton, 3.75 km SE of Aylsham.