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.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Land near Sheep Wash Wood. South Lakeland Cumbria On the east shore of Esthwaite Water, 1.5 kms S.E. of Hawkshead
Caldbeck Common Allerdale and Eden Cumbria Extensive area of fell, located west and south of Caldbeck.
Land known as New Churchyard, Heddon-on-the-Wall. Castle Morpeth Northumberland Located in Heddon-on-the-Wall, west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Barnes Common and Barnes Green. Richmond Upon Thames LB Greater London An area of park/ornamental grounds, located south of Barnes.
Felbridge Green Tandridge Surrey Roadside verge, located in Felbridge, N.W. of East Grindstead.
Herefordshire Beacon, Hangmans Hill and Swinyard Hill. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Area known as Broad Down,1km SW of Little Malvern
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Located north of Foulden, 16 km ESE of Downham Market.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Located on west edge of Sicklinghall, 8.25 km SE of Harrogate.
Parsonage Pond and Ben Lane Pond Salisbury Wiltshire Located in Farley, 7.6 km east of Salisbury.
Layer Breton Heath (three parts). Colchester Essex Located at Birch Green, 8 kms S.W. of Colchester.

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