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
Land adjacent to Soss Lane Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire Sited along 'other' road south of River Idle, east of Misterton
Lilley Hoo North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Partly wooded unit located N.E. of Lilley, 6 kms N.E. of Luton.
Cam Fell Craven North Yorkshire Cam Fell, E of Ribble Head, 6.25 km N of Horton in Ribblesdale.
Bines Green Horsham West Sussex Located along B 2135, south of Ashurst, 3 kms west of Henfield.
Land at Wrait Hill Canterbury Kent Roadside verge, located near Clapham Hill, S.W. of Whitstable
Public Dipping Well East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley Humberside Located on north edge of Elloughton, north of Brough.
The Green Cherwell Oxfordshire Located in Lower Heyford, 9.5 kms W.N.W. of Bicester.
Sand Pit Lane Wastes St. Albans Hertfordshire Pieces of roadside verge located in St. Albans.
Stagshaw Common Tynedale Northumberland Located 3.5 kms north of Corbridge.
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Located along B 1257 in centre of Hovingham.