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 uksocialhousing.com.

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
Lent Green South Bucks Buckinghamshire On road,1.25km E of Taplow,0.5km S of Burnham.
Land in Coberley Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Minor road junction in Coberley, 6.25 km S of Cheltenham.
Batchworth Heath including Manor of Moor Three Rivers Hertfordshire Located at Batchworth Heath, 2.75 kms S.E. of Rickmansworth.
Felbridge Green Tandridge Surrey Roadside verge, located in Felbridge, N.W. of East Grindstead.
Part of Okehampton Common West Devon Devon Moorland near Cullever Steps on Dartmoor, 3 km SE of Okehampton
The Avenue Lands Southampton Hampshire Unit in two parts, located along A 33 in centre of Southampton.
Cleeve Common or Cleeve Hill Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Downland east of Cleeve Hill, 5 km NE of Cheltenham.
Noon Sun Common Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Along a minor road west of Ipstones, 6.5 kms north of Cheadle.
Ibstone Common Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common in NW Ibstone.
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Located adjacent to River Bure on the south edge of Coltishall.

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