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
Crackpot Moor Richmondshire North Yorkshire Moorland located 1.25 km WSW of Crackpot, 4.5 km N of Askrigg.
Batchworth Heath including Manor of Moor Three Rivers Hertfordshire Located at Batchworth Heath, 2.75 kms S.E. of Rickmansworth.
The Pinfold Boothferry Humberside Located in Owston Ferry, 10 kms north of Gainsborough.
Land near Methodist Chapel, Turville Heath. Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common to S of Turville Heath,2km W of Turville.
Land in parishes of Chailey and East Chiltington Lewes East Sussex Roadside verge in the parishes of Chailey and East Chiltington
Cheesemore Pond South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located south of Cold Harbour, 3.25 kms north of Pangbourne.
Redhill and Earlswood Commons Reigate and Banstead Surrey Located on the southern outskirts of Reigate and Redhill.
Hog Common Chichester West Sussex At Brooms Farm,1km N of Chilgrove.
Albury Downs Guildford Surrey Partly wooded area, located 3.5 kms east of Guildford.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk In 3 parts along minor road in Swainsthorpe, SSW of Norwich.