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
Pound Common Chichester West Sussex Common in N part of Kirdford.
Common Land Great Yarmouth Norfolk Located adjacent to River Thurne, 1 km SE of Potter Heigham.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Moor and quarry site lying W of River Ribble at Helwith Bridge.
Wark Common Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland Located 1.5 kms south of Wark.
Haworth Moor Bradford West Yorkshire Moorland located west of Haworth, 14.25 kms WNW of Bradford.
Eskrigg Wood South Lakeland Cumbria Wooded area, located at Row End, 3.25 kms S.S.E. of Natland.
Town Wall Tamworth Staffordshire Located at Wilnecote, on the southern outskirts of Tamworth.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Along minor road between Hempstead and Edgefield, SE of Holt.
Land at Little London Road Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Located along a minor road 0.75 km south of Silchester.
Fawsett Moor (part) Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located 2.25 km E of Horton in Ribblesdale.