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
Churt Common Waverley Surrey Located 1.5 kms north of Churt, N.W. of Haslemere.
'Riverside Plot' South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to River Wye,1.25km NE of Hoarwithy
Salgasson Meadows, (Lammas Land) Waverley Surrey Located along the River Wey, on the N.W. outskirts of Godalming
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located on Malham Moor, 3.25 km NW of Threshfield.
Sampford Common Taunton Deane Somerset Located at Sampford Point on Black Down, 4 km SW of Wellington.
Chagford Commons West Devon Devon Fragmented unit located within 4 km S and SW of Chagford.
The Green or The Street Cotswold Gloucestershire Located in Wyck Rissington, 2.25 km NE of Bourton on the Water.
North End of The Bourne, Thundridge. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located on a minor road east of Thundridge, 3 kms north of Ware
Martha's Well and Beck Bottom, Hayton. Carlisle Cumbria Located in Hayton, 2.5 kms E.N.E. of Warwick Bridge.
The Edge Common, Woodland. Teesdale Durham Located in Woodland, 5 kms N.W. of Cockfield.

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