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
White Well Road Plot, Ryton. Gateshead Tyne and Wear Located in the centre of Ryton.
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Located in Newton, 1.25 km east of Castle Acre.
Tree Ring at the Chalk Crossroads. North Dorset Dorset Located in Iwerne Minster, 8 km NNW of Blandford Forum.
Goonzion Downs Caradon Cornwall Area of downland located west of St Neot.
Sedling Fell Wear Valley Durham Remote area of moorland, located 1.25 kms N.E.of Cowshill.
Big Rocks, The Rake, Monyash. West Derbyshire Derbyshire Along minor road 1 km south of Monyash, 7.25 kms SW of Bakewell
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Located in Newton St. Faith, 7.5 km NNW of Norwich.
Public Watering Place, also used for fishing, Santon Bridge. Copeland Cumbria Located adjacent to the River Irt, in Santon Bridge.
The Old Pond Mid Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Located in Chalton, between Magerhanger and Blunham.
Highgate Common South Staffordshire Staffordshire Partly wooded heathland 3 km NE of Enville, SW of Wolverhampton