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. For details about social housing visit

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.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Goosepool Teesdale Durham Located 1.5 km N.W. of Staindrop.
Roadside land in Leckhampstead Newbury Berkshire Common at S end of Leckhampstead.
Little Totham Plains Maldon Essex Located N.W. of Little Totham, 6 kms N.E. of Maldon.
Common and Waste, Wheal Butson. Carrick Cornwall At minor road junction near Mithion Downs, 2 km SE of St. Agnes
Pack Horse Field, Ovingham. Tynedale Northumberland Located on the western edge of Ovingham, 1 km N.W. of Prudhoe.
Land adjacent to the Bluebell Inn, Egglescliffe. Stockton-on-Tees Cleveland Located in Egglescliffe, 4.75 kms S.W. of Thornaby-on-Tees.
Two pieces of Manorial Waste Canterbury Kent Located on the east side of Blean, N.W. of Canterbury.
The Round House and The Pinfold North West Leicestershire Leicestershire Located along A 453(T) in centre of Breedon on the Hill.
Malvern Common and Roadside Verge. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Common edging B4211,B4424 and other roads in W of Great Malvern
Land near the access to Birney Hall Hospital. Castle Morpeth Northumberland Located south of Darras Hall, 7 kms N.W. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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