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
Old Gravel Pit Cotswold Gloucestershire At minor road junction on Icomb Hill, 3 km SE of Stow on Wold.
Grayswood Common Waverley Surrey A unit in two parts, located north of Haslemere.
The Pond Mid Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Located in Milton Bryan, 7.25 kms N.E. of Leighton Buzzard.
Land near River Test Test Valley Hampshire Adjacent to River Test E of Longparish, 8.5 kms E of Andover.
Part of River Swale Richmondshire North Yorkshire Located in Brompton-on-Swale, 2.75 km NW of Catterick.
Verwood Car Park Wimborne Dorset Located at a B road junction in Verwood, 7 km NW of Ringwood.
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Located in Crostwick, 6 km NE of Norwich.
Manor Common North Cornwall Cornwall Located on SW edge of Bodmin Moor, 2.5 km NE of Blisland.
Blind Lane Green East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at Wellpond Green, 7 kms west of Bishops Stortford.
Broughton Gifford Common West Wiltshire Wiltshire Located on N edge of Broughton Gifford, 2.5 km W of Melksham.

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