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
Manorial Waste Hertsmere Hertfordshire Located on north edge of Shenley, 4 kms north of Borehamwood.
Brickkiln Common Chichester West Sussex Wooded area,1km SE of A272,W of Burdocks.
Helstone Green North Cornwall Cornwall Located in Helstone, 2.5 km SW of Camelford.
Levin Down Chichester West Sussex Common 0.5km NE of Singleton.
Stidston Common South Hams Devon Located at Stidston, 1.5 km east of South Brent.
Colaton Raleigh Common East Devon Devon Lies between Colaton Raleigh and Woodbury, 7.5 km NE of Exmouth
Hare Hill Edge Bradford West Yorkshire Located on south edge of Keighley Moor, 2.5 kms NW of Howarth.
Bagtor Common Teignbridge Devon Located on east edge of Dartmoor, 5.5 km SW of Bovey Tracey.
The Wath and Stepping Stone Harrogate North Yorkshire Adjacent to River Laver in Laverton, 1 km S of Kirkby Malzeard.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Verge along minor road in Eastby, 1.5 km NE of Embsay.