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
Stopes Mere West Derbyshire Derbyshire Located on east edge of Priestcliffe, 1 km north of Taddington.
Far Common and Low Common Rotherham South Yorkshire Partly wooded unit located 1.5 kms east of Maltby.
Tilthams Green Guildford Surrey Located 1.8 kms S.W. of Shalford, 4 kms south of Guildford.
King Charles' Stone Edge Stroud Gloucestershire Located along minor road at Cud Hill, 3 km NNW of Painswick.
Coves Quarry, Holy Island. Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland Located on the northern coast of Holy Island.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Located in Barton Turf, 3 km SW of Stalham.
Black Moss Hyndburn Lancashire West of Mitchell's House Reservoirs, 2.75 kms SE of Accrington.
Beccles Common Waveney Suffolk Located on the N.E. outskirts of Beccles, west of Lowestoft.
Main Road and Langton Road, Market Harborough. Harborough Leicestershire Sited along minor road in Great Bowden, NE of Market Harborough
Part of Wisley Common Guildford Surrey Located near Wisley, S.W. of Cobham.

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