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
Old Pond and Ground, Pill Common. Chichester West Sussex On footpath in W of West Burton.
Windyside Moss Wear Valley Durham Remote area of moorland, located 4 kms S.E. of Ireshopeburn.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Along minor road near Marrow Flatts Farm, 4 km ENE of Ripon.
Crag Bank Marsh Lancaster Lancashire Marsh on east side of Morecambe Bay, 1.5 kms west of Carnforth.
Land at Netherwood Heys Kirklees West Yorkshire Two small pieces of moorland located 1 km north of Marsden.
Big Rocks, The Rake, Monyash. West Derbyshire Derbyshire Along minor road 1 km south of Monyash, 7.25 kms SW of Bakewell
Pack Horse Field, Ovingham. Tynedale Northumberland Located on the western edge of Ovingham, 1 km N.W. of Prudhoe.
Little Bookham Common and Wastes Mole Valley Surrey Area of woodland and roadside verge, north of Great Bookham.
Pelsall North Common Walsall West Midlands Unit in three parts, located in Pelsall, 2.4 kms NE of Bloxwich
Holm Hill,Giggs Green,Holly Hill. East Hampshire and Chichester Hampshire Woodland located at Grigg Green, 1.5 kms west of Liphook.