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
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Along minor road adjacent to River Wissey, SW of Stoke Ferry.
The Parish Pit North Dorset Dorset On minor road W of Milborne St. Andrew, SW of Blandford Forum.
Heslington Common Selby North Yorkshire Located 1.5 km E of Crockey Hill, 5 km SE of York.
Land in Field Lane East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along a track between Grainthorpe and Conisholme.
Land adjacent to canal bank, Misterton. Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire On north bank of Chesterfield Canal, on east edge of Misterton
Quarry Ground, Gelt Woods. Carlisle Cumbria An area of woodland, located 2 kms south of Brampton.
Heath Common Wakefield West Yorkshire Located at Heath, 2.25 kms E.S.E. of Wakefield.
Manorial Waste in Lodge Hill Lane Lewes East Sussex Roadside verge, located between Ditchling and Keymer.
Dorney Common South Bucks Buckinghamshire Common on both sides of B3026,E from E side of Dorney.
Common Land Selby North Yorkshire Located in High Eggborough, 7.5 km ESE of Knottingley.