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 Holmes Lichfield Staffordshire Located adjacent to Black Brook, on the north edge of Shenstone
Burley Moor Bradford West Yorkshire Located on east side of Ilkley Moor, 3 kms S.E. of Ilkley.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk Along minor road between Gissing and Burston, 5 km NE of Diss.
Slack Heads Water Hole Carlisle Cumbria Located near Newtown, 4.4 kms N.W. of Brampton.
Woodham Walter Common Maldon Essex Woodland, located 0.8 km S.E. of Little Baddow, west of Maldon.
Minchington Cross Wimborne Dorset Located on Minchington Down, 1.75 km SE of Tollard Royal.
Mill Common Waveney Suffolk Located NW of Ilketshall St. Andrew, 4.25 kms ESE of Bungay.
Land adjacent to the Boat House, Sunbury on Thames. Spelthorne Surrey Located along the River Thames, in Sunbury on Thames.
Ham Common Richmond Upon Thames LB Greater London Partly wooded area adjacent to Richmond Park, south of Richmond
Milford Common Waverley Surrey Area of rough grassland and woodland, 4 kms S.W. of Godalming.