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.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Bank Top and Shothouse Spring West Derbyshire Derbyshire Along B 5056 between Grangemill and Winster, SW of Matlock.
Land to rear of All Saints Church, Snodland. Tonbridge and Malling Kent Located in the centre of Snodland, N.W. of Maidstone.
Public Pond Horsham West Sussex S of A283,in Cootham.
London Fields Hackney LB Greater London Located in South Hackney.
Part of Ashtead Common Mole Valley Surrey Two pieces of roadside verge, located in Ashtead.
The Pond South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Along minor road in Gayton, 8 kms SW of Northampton.
The Green Cherwell Oxfordshire Located at a road junction in West Adderbury, south of Banbury.
Land north of the Golf Course, Beaconsfield. Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common 0.5km NW of railway station at Seer Green.
Whipsnade Heath South Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Partly wooded area, located 3.5 kms south of Dunstable.
Whitrigg Marsh and Whitrigg Moss. Allerdale Cumbria Marshland and partly wooded areas, located north of Angerton.

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