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. For details about social housing visit

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
Bodkin Lane Bradford West Yorkshire Located on Stairs Hill, 2.25 km west of Oxenhope.
Tresmeak Mill North Cornwall Cornwall Located adjacent to River Penpont Water, 1.5 km NW of Altarnun.
The Parish Pit Glanford Humberside Adjacent to A 15 south of Hibaldstow, 9 kms S.E. of Scunthorpe.
West Moor North Cornwall Cornwall Moorland located west of South Carne, 2 km west of Altarnun.
Old Pond Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located on the southern edge of Warboys, 5.6 kms S.E. of Ramsey
Land in Mill Lane Rutland Leicestershire Located on west edge of Caldecott, 6 kms NW of Corby.
Stow-cum-Quay Fen South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Located north of Stow-cum-Quay, 7.15 kms N.E. of Cambridge.
Manorial Waste of Manors of Bosham, Bosham Buckfold & Chidham Chichester West Sussex Large part of Chichester Harbour,S of Thorney Island.
Middle Green Waveney Suffolk Located along minor road at Middle Green, north of Stoven.
Parish Pound Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common within Marsh Gibbon.

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