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
Common Land Great Yarmouth Norfolk On east edge of Ormesby Broad, 2 km NW of Ormesby St. Margaret.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Located south of Padside, 14.25 km NW of Harrogate.
Cowards Marsh Christchurch Dorset On E side of St. Domerine Hill, 2.25 km NNW of Christchurch
Haste Hill Common Waverley Surrey Area of woodland, located on the S.E. outskirts of Haslemere.
Land near The Square South Shrops Shropshire Located near the river in the east of Bucknall.
Land at Kemple End Ribble Valley Lancashire Located on minor road at Kemple End, 5.75 kms S.W. of Clitheroe
Chain Bar Boothferry Humberside Located south of A 163 in Bubwith, 9 kms N.W. of Howden.
Corfe Castle Common Purbeck Dorset Located on SW edge of Corfe Castle, 7 km NW of Swanage.
Molehill Green Uttlesford Essex Located south of Molehil Green, 8 kms NE of Bishop's Stortford.
Simpson's Moss Ribble Valley Lancashire Two areas of fell 0.7 kms NE of Stephens Moor, NE of Slaidburn.