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
Land at Shepherd's Gate Wealden East Sussex Roadside verge near Coleman's Hatch, 3 kms S.E. of Forest Row.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located south of River Greta in Burton in Lonsdale.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk On east coast of The Wash at Shepherd's Port, SW of Hunstanton.
Winder Kill Eden Cumbria Located between Newbiggin and Greystoke Gill, west of Penrith.
Land opposite the 'Ship Inn', Owlesbury. Winchester Hampshire At minor road junction in Owlesbury, 6.5 kms SE of Winchester.
Bush Green South Bucks Buckinghamshire S of M40,at road junction at Bush Green.
Land in Brampton. Huntingdon Cambridgeshire On the A 141, on east outskirts of Brampton, SW of Huntingdon.
Pux Well Mendip Somerset Located along B 3109 NE of Rode, 7.5 km NE of Frome.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk Located in Chedgrave, north of Loddon and S.E. of Norwich.
Pikestone and Knitsley Fells Wear Valley Durham Large area of open fell, located 2.5 kms S.W. of Wolshingham.

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