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
Blackdown Commons Chichester West Sussex Common on Black Down,1.5km E of Kingsley Green.
Cronshaw Chair Ribble Valley Lancashire Along minor road, 1 km east of Langho, 6.5 kms NE of Blackburn.
Parish land East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along A 153 on the N.E. edge of Coningsby.
Milford Common Stafford Staffordshire Located at Milford, 5.6 kms SE of Stafford.
North Cliff Waveney Suffolk Located on Kessingland Cliffs, north of Kessingland.
Land in Ings Lane East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along unclassified road, 1.25 kms N.W. of Grainthorpe.
Green Lane South Holland Lincolnshire Located at Tydd Gote, 8 kms north of Wisbech.
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Woodland to NW of North Tuddenham, 4.5 km NE of East Dereham.
Part of Bricket Wood Common St. Albans Hertfordshire Located at Smug Oak, Bricket Wood, 5.5 kms S.S.W. of St. Albans
Smithy Green Wealden East Sussex Located at road junction, Coleman's Hatch, N.W. of Crowborough

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