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
The Pound and The Village Green Wychavon Hereford/Worcester In two parts,on minor road in Beckford
The Green South Wight Isle of Wight Roadside verge, located at Chale Green, 9 kms SSW of Newport.
Village Pond East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley Humberside Located in Melton, between Welton and North Ferriby.
The Batch Sedgemoor Somerset Located along A 39 in Ashcott, 5.25 km west of Street.
Galleywood Common Chelmsford Essex Partly wooded area near Galleywood, 4 kms south of Chelmsford.
Part of the (former) Village Pond, Royston. Barnsley South Yorkshire Located south of B 6428 in Royston, 5 kms north of Barnsley.
The Pond near Layer Breton Heath. Colchester Essex Located along a minor road, in the west part of Layer Breton.
Shapley Common Teignbridge Devon Located on north Dartmoor near Lettaford, 4 km S of Chagford.
Caudle Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Along minor road in Ruardean, 6.8 km SE of Ross on Wye.
Common, Parkmoor, Roche Court, Pheasant and Old Rectory Ponds. Salisbury Wiltshire Located around Middle Winterslow, NE of Salisbury.