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
Piece of land between public road and Lake Windermere. South Lakeland Cumbria Located adjacent to Lake Windermere, 1.5 kms S.E of Ambleside.
Parcel of land adjoining the Hogs Back Guildford Surrey Located along A 31 near Scale, 9.25 kms west of Guildford.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Located 0.75 km SE of Honing, 6 km SE of North Walsham.
Bowling Green and Hollywell Mid Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Located east of Cranfield, 11.5 kms S.W. of Bedford.
Play Area, Orton Waterville. Peterborough Cambridgeshire Located in Orton Waterville, on S.W. outskirts of Peterborough.
Bulls Green East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Woodland at Bulls Green, 4.75 kms N.E. of Welwyn Garden City.
Land south of Mill Field, Downhead. Mendip Somerset Located along minor road in Downhead, 8.5 km SW of Frome.
Land at Hungry Hatton North Shrops Shropshire Triangular Common at road junction 0.25km east of Hungryhatton.
Land either side of A 1092 and B 1066, Long Melford. Babergh Suffolk Roadside verges located west of Long Melford.
Common Land Selby North Yorkshire Located 1.5 km east of Fulford on SE outskirts of York.