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
Skiddaw Common Allerdale Cumbria Area of fell, located on the lower slopes of Skiddaw.
Six pieces adjoining Little Morton Road , North Wingfield. North East Derbyshire Derbyshire Roadside verges along minor road on S edge of North Wingfield.
Part of Oyster Hill. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to minor road,0.75km SE of Coddington
Southern tip of Wheeler End Common Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common N of M40,immediately N of Lane End.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Woodland located NW of Suffield, 6.5 km NW of North Walsham.
Rosehall Green Three Rivers Hertfordshire Verge located south of Belsize, 6.25 kms N.W. of Rickmansworth.
Fiddlers Green, Holy Island. Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland Located on Holy Island.
Brookhouse Common Northavon Avon Located 1.5 km W of Marshfield, 10 km NNE of Bath.
Askham Fell Eden Cumbria Located to the S.W. of Askham, and 6 kms S.S.W. of Penrith.
Land on north side of Oakfield Lane, Dartford. Dartford Kent Located on the southern outskirts of Dartford.