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 Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Located between Wretton and Stoke Ferry.
Several small areas of Manorial Waste Wealden East Sussex Several pieces of roadside verge in parish Of Herstmonceux.
Little Burstead Common Basildon Essex Verge, located S.W. of Tye Common, 2.75 kms S.W. of Billericay.
Brant Fell South Lakeland Cumbria Extensive area of fell, located 0.5 km north of Sedbergh.
Rimington Moor Ribble Valley Lancashire Located 2.75 kms SE of Rimington, 5.25 kms SW of Barnoldswick.
Quarrywood Craven North Yorkshire Woodland adjacent to River Doe, 0.75 km NE of Ingleton.
Selsfield Common Mid Sussex West Sussex Part of Selsfield Common,1.2km SE of Turners Hill.
Bannerdown Common Wansdyke Avon Partly wooded unit on Banner Down, on the NE edge of Batheaston
Coles Green Uttlesford Essex Roadside verge at Little London, N.W. of Stansted Mountfitchet.
The Severn Ham Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Meadow adjacent to River Severn on west edge of Tewkesbury.