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
The Cove South Lakeland Cumbria Located 1.5 kms E.N.E. of Seathwaite.
Great Hooks and Little Hooks. West Somerset Somerset Located between Hinckley Point Power Station and Stolford.
East Moor North Cornwall Cornwall Located on east edge of Bodmin Moor, 10.5 km SW of Launceston.
Part of Bricket Wood Common St. Albans Hertfordshire Located on a minor road between Bricket Wood and Watford.
Hunston Common Chichester West Sussex Located at Sidlesham Common, 4.5 kms S.S.W. of Chichester.
Pick Mere (part) Vale Royal Cheshire Part of Pick Mere lake, located 3.9 kms N.E. of Northwich.
Land adjacent to Nottingham to Melton Road and Bottom Road. Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Located along minor road on south edge of Upper Broughton.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Located along minor road W of Pennygate, 4 km SW of Stalham.
Land at Yew Tree Mount, Painswick. Stroud Gloucestershire On minor road near Upper Holcombe Farm, 2.25 km NW of Painswick
Checkendon Common, Nuffield Common and other land. South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Partly wooded unit in 9 parts, located west of Henley on Thames