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
Norrington Common West Wiltshire Wiltshire Located in Norrington Common, 1.75 km W of Melksham.
The Sandholes, Moorpool, Moorside Lane and Pond Lane. Amber Valley Derbyshire Located along minor roads in Holbrook, 2.5 kms SE of Belper.
The Chalk Pits South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located 1.25 kms S.E. of Watlington.
Land at Wansfell, Troutbeck. South Lakeland Cumbria Remote area of moorland, located 1.2 kms east of Ambleside.
Nutfield Marsh Tandridge Surrey Located north of Nutfield, 2 kms N.E. of Redhill.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Along Cut Off Channel (River Gt. Ouse), 1 km SW of Stoke Ferry.
Lees Moor Quarry Bradford West Yorkshire Located on Lees Moor, 2.3 kms E.N.E. of Howarth.
Gravel Bed on River Lyne. Carlisle Cumbria Located on the River Lyne, 1.75 kms north of Boltonfellend.
Broadbridge Heath Common Horsham West Sussex On both sides of B2199,0.5km to N of Broadbridge Heath.
Land adjoining Helston Moor Kerrier Cornwall Located along the River Cober on the NW outskirts of Helston.

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