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
Islands Common and Lammas Meadow Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located adjacent to River Great Ouse, on N.W. edge of St. Neots
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Sited along minor road near River Wensum, 1 km SW of Shereford.
Land at Cliffe Marshes Rochester upon Medway Kent Part of Cliffe Marshes, located north of Cliffe near Rochester.
Albrighton Pool Bridgnorth Shropshire Located on the northern edge of Albrighton.
Chimney Down Mid Devon Devon Downland 1 km west of Hockworthy, 10 km NE of Tiverton.
Sutton Common Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Extensive unit in two parts, located 3.75 kms ESE of Woodbridge
Maltmans Green Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common on SW side of Chalfont St Peters,near Austenwood.
Pewsey Hill Kennet Wiltshire Verge along minor road on Pewsey Down, 2.25 km SE of Pewsey.
Land in Hurst Lane, Cumnor. Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire Roadside verge located south of Cumnor Hill, S.W. of Oxford.
Gaston Green West Wiltshire Wiltshire Verge along 'other road' S of Bulkington, 7 km SW of Devizes.

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