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
Part of Tennyson Down South Wight Isle of Wight Located on west side of Freshwater Bay, south of Freshwater.
Walls Quarry (part) Stroud Gloucestershire Fragmented unit on minor road in Burleigh, 3.75 km SE Stroud.
The Rocks Woodspring Avon Along minor road on south edge of Blagdon, 6 km NE of Cheddar.
Land East of The Red Lion Public House. Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common in Little Missenden.
Hoar Side Moor Calderdale West Yorkshire Located on edge of Hoar Side Moor, 5.5 kms north of Todmorden.
Land near Congregational Chapel, Widford. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located on B 180 south of Widford, S.W. of Bishops Stortford.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Verges along minor road on Scosthrop Moor, W of Kirkby Malham.
Stow Well Cotswold Gloucestershire Located along 'other road' on NE edge of Stow on the Wold.
Land between 'Ferry Boat' Inn and Flood Bank. Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located on the east edge of Holywell
Norton Heath Epping Forest Essex Woodland at Norton Heath, 4.75 kms east of Chipping Ongar.

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