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
Common Land Selby North Yorkshire Along minor road 1 km W of Hillam, 5 km N of Knottingley.
Silchester Common Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Partly wooded unit NW of Silchester and east of Pamber Heath.
Brow Hill Quarry Bradford West Yorkshire Sited along minor road in West Morton, 3.75 kms NE of Keighley.
Nameless piece Carrick Cornwall Located on the coast at Portloe, 12 km SE of Truro.
Pond and land by the 'Boar's Head', Herongate. Brentwood Essex Located in Herogate, 4.25 kms S.E. of Brentwood.
Criggon Moor Restormel Cornwall Located north of Criggon, 8 km SW of Bodmin.
Snowgill Quarry and road. Eden Cumbria Located near Scale Houses, 2.25 kms N.W. of Renwick.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located along B 6265 south of Rylstone, 6.25 km NNW of Skipton.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located in Langcliffe, 1.5 km NNE of Settle.
West Anstey Common North Devon Devon Located on south edge of Exmoor, 1.5 km N of West Anstey.

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