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
Bicton Common East Devon Devon Located 1.5 km NW of Yettington, 5 km NW of Budleigh Salterton.
Saddleback Eden Cumbria Area of fell with very steep scree slopes, north of Threlkeld.
Brook Green Hammersmith and Fulham LB Greater London Located in Brook Green, 1 km N.E of Hammersmith Bridge.
Knipe Moor and Knipescar Common Eden Cumbria Located 1 km N.E. of Bampton.
Bathing Site Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Located in N part of Bredon,adjacent to River Avon
Barlaston Common (part) Stafford Staffordshire Located 2.75 kms NE of Barlaston, 6.5 kms NNE of Stone.
Hungers Green Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located at Hungers Green, between Monk Soham and Bedfield.
Broadmoor Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located 1.5km NW of Woolhope on edge of Haugh Wood
The Butts East Hampshire Hampshire Located adjacent to A 32 on the southern outskirts of Alton.
Pennington Common and Upper Pennington Common New Forest Hampshire Located at Upper Pennington, west of Lymington.

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