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
Watermillock Common Eden Cumbria Remote area of fell, located to the north of Lake Ullswater.
North Green Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Located at North Green, 2.75 kms S.E. of Framlingham.
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Woodland north of Thornton Dale, 3.5 km east of Pickering.
The Pinfold Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Located in north part of Thoroton, 6.75 kms NE of Bingham.
Waste Piece Bradford West Yorkshire On 'other' road west of Whitley Head, 4.25 kms NW of Keighley.
Thistlewood Quarry Wear Valley Durham Located 1.25 kms north of Wolshingham.
Bardsea Green South Lakeland Cumbria Located 0.5 km west of Bardsea.
Braithwaite Common Allerdale Cumbria A unit in two parts, located south and east of Braithwaite.
Shop Meadow Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to River Wye,just to E of Hoarwithy
Lower Green Gardens near the War Memorial Tendring Essex Located along the B1029 in Brightlingsea.