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. For interesting places to see visit UK Place Database - a volunteer maintained almanac of places in the United Kingdom.

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.

Car Parking Near Common Land

For details of nearby car parks visit Car Park Maps for maps, costs and parking related information.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Village Green Stroud Gloucestershire Located in Sheepscombe, 13 km SW of Cheltenham.
Birkbeck Fells Common Eden Cumbria Area of moorland, located 3.5 kms N.W. of Tebay.
The Common, Tunstall. Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Located at Tunstall Common, east of Tunstall.
Marehill Common Horsham West Sussex Common to N of A283 in Marehill.
The Old Race Course North Shrops Shropshire Part of Old Race Course, 3km NW of Oswestry.
Lowertown Moor Restormel Cornwall Located south of Bokiddick, 6 km SW of Bodmin.
Land in Sandpit Lane. Maldon Essex Located on the west outskirts of Burnham-on-Crouch.
Mill Heath Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Located at Mill Heath, 3 kms E.S.E. of Halesworth.
Chipperfield Common Dacorum Hertfordshire Partly wooded area, located south of Chipperfield.
Alderstead Heath Tandridge Surrey Partly wooded area, located 4 kms west of Caterham.

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