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.
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
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.
|Land near Sheep Wash Wood.||South Lakeland||Cumbria||On the east shore of Esthwaite Water, 1.5 kms S.E. of Hawkshead|
|Caldbeck Common||Allerdale and Eden||Cumbria||Extensive area of fell, located west and south of Caldbeck.|
|Land known as New Churchyard, Heddon-on-the-Wall.||Castle Morpeth||Northumberland||Located in Heddon-on-the-Wall, west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.|
|Barnes Common and Barnes Green.||Richmond Upon Thames LB||Greater London||An area of park/ornamental grounds, located south of Barnes.|
|Felbridge Green||Tandridge||Surrey||Roadside verge, located in Felbridge, N.W. of East Grindstead.|
|Herefordshire Beacon, Hangmans Hill and Swinyard Hill.||Malvern Hills||Hereford/Worcester||Area known as Broad Down,1km SW of Little Malvern|
|Common Land||Breckland||Norfolk||Located north of Foulden, 16 km ESE of Downham Market.|
|Common Land||Harrogate||North Yorkshire||Located on west edge of Sicklinghall, 8.25 km SE of Harrogate.|
|Parsonage Pond and Ben Lane Pond||Salisbury||Wiltshire||Located in Farley, 7.6 km east of Salisbury.|
|Layer Breton Heath (three parts).||Colchester||Essex||Located at Birch Green, 8 kms S.W. of Colchester.|
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