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
Windsor Green Babergh Suffolk Located along a minor road at Windsor Green, west of Cockfield.
Dunkeswell Turbary East Devon Devon Located 2 km SW of Dunkeswell, 5.5 km NW of Honiton.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Along River Burn NW of Burnham Thorpe, ESE of Burnham Market.
Gravel and Sand Pit at Jenkin Cross. Allerdale Cumbria Small area of woodland, located 3.5 kms east of Wigton.
The Village Pond Chelmsford Essex Located in Margaretting, 6.25 kms S.W. of Chelmsford.
South Tawton Commons West Devon Devon Located 1 km SW of South Zeal, SE of Okehampton.
Stockwell Common Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Downland at Cleeve Hill, 6 km NE of Cheltenham.
Davidstow Moor North Cornwall Cornwall Located on north edge of Bodmin Moor, 6.25 km WNW of Altarnun.
Lent Green South Bucks Buckinghamshire On road,1.25km E of Taplow,0.5km S of Burnham.
Tolborough Downs, Bolventor. North Cornwall Cornwall Moorland located on Bodmin Moor, 1.25 km NW of Belventor.

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