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
Quarry, Rosley Hill. Allerdale Cumbria Small area of woodland, located 4 kms south of Thursby.
Land in Little Houghton South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Along minor road in Little Houghton, 4.75 kms E of Northampton.
Bean Well South Lakeland Cumbria Coastal location, 0.25 km S.E. of Baycliff.
Land adjoining Fleakingley Lane South Leeds West Yorkshire Roadside verge sited west of Great Preston, 10 kms SE of Leeds.
Green Lane and Heavens Wood Dacorum Hertfordshire Woodland located at Holtsmere End, 3 kms west of Redbourn.
Land either side of High Street, Long Melford. Babergh Suffolk Verges along A 134 between Long Melford and Bridge Street.
Waltham Brooks Horsham West Sussex To SE of A29,in NE part of Coldwaltham.
Millhams Christchurch Dorset Located adjacent to River Avon and A 35 in Christchurch.
Waste land in Queen Street, Markfield. Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire Located along 'other' road on west outskirts of Markfield.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Located along minor road W of Pennygate, 4 km SW of Stalham.