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
Grass Verge in Castle Lane Horsham West Sussex Common in centre of Steyning.
Weatherhill Common Tandridge Surrey Located at Weatherhill, 7.75 kms N.N.E. of Crawley.
Manorial Waste in Parish of Freshwater. South Wight Isle of Wight Roadside verges, located between Freshwater and Totland.
Land and adjacent waste land, Little Warley Common Brentwood Essex Partly wooded area, located 1.75 kms south of Brentwood.
Littleworth Common South Bucks Buckinghamshire 0.5km SW of Abbey Park Farm,3.5km N of Burnham.
Site of Parish Barn Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common to NW of North Marston settlement.
Bearswood Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Bearswood Common,2km N of Cradley
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Adjacent to River Wensum S of Ringland, 2.5 km SW of Taverham.
Thwaite Common North Norfolk Norfolk Located north of Erpingham, 8 km WNW of North Walsham.
Bottoms West Devon Devon Located on SW edge of South Zeal, SW of Okehampton.