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
Old Quarry South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located E of B4228, 0.75km SW of Leys Hill
Lyewood Common Wealden East Sussex Located at Lyewood Common, 7.5 kms N.N.W. of Crowborough.
Cadmore Pond Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common on road in S end of Bledlow Ridge.
Higham Common Gravesham Kent Part of Higham Marshes, located 6 kms east of Gravesend.
Horse Head Moor Craven North Yorkshire Moorland S of River Wharfe and Yockenthwaite, Langstrothdale.
Ousefleet Cow Gaits Boothferry Humberside Located 1.3 kms south of Ousefleet, 8.2 kms S.E of Goole.
Corgee Moor Restormel Cornwall Heathland between Lowertown and Roseney, 6 km SW of Bodmin.
Bedminster Down Bristol Avon Located along A 38 at Bedminster, on SW outskirts of Bristol.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk In 3 parts along minor road in Swainsthorpe, SSW of Norwich.
Ellington Pond or weir Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located in Ellington, 8.25 kms west of Huntingdon.

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