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
Long Green Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located in Wortham, 4 kms S.W. of Diss.
Grey Stones Bradford West Yorkshire Along minor road NE of Slippery Ford, 5.1 kms west of Keighley.
Ventonleague Green Penwith Cornwall Located in Copperhouse, 7.5 km SW of Cambourne.
Sandpits on Houndkirk Moor. Sheffield South Yorkshire Along A 625 on east side of Houndkirk Moor, S.W. of Sheffield.
Howe Heath Waveney Suffolk Located on north edge of Blundeston, 5.75 kms NNW of Lowestoft.
Island in River Colne South Bucks Buckinghamshire Common to W of A4020,where it crosses Colne Brook.
Tiptree Heath Colchester Essex Located at Tiptree Heath, SW of Tiptree and SW of Colchester.
Braygate Lane East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located 1 km south of East Keal, 3 kms S.S.W. of Spilsby.
Land to rear of All Saints Church, Snodland. Tonbridge and Malling Kent Located in the centre of Snodland, N.W. of Maidstone.
Grimpo Common Oswestry Shropshire Located at Grimpo, 2km NE of West Felton.