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
Enclosed Common Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Located along small stream, 1.5 kms west of Eakring.
Threshfield Moor Craven North Yorkshire Moorland, west of Threshfield, 3.5 kms WSW of Grassington.
Land SE of Brimpton Newbury Berkshire Common along road,SE of River Emborne,1.5km SE of Brimpton.
Drove from Thorney Road Fenland Cambridgeshire Adjacent to B 1040 and 'Morton's Leam', north of Whittlesey.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Moorland S of Pot Scar and E of Feizor, 4 km NW of Settle.
Land between Dolphin Public House and Jessamine Cottage. Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on W side of A4146 in Stoke Hammond.
Common Land Scarborough North Yorkshire Located on the coast in Staithes, 6 km east of Loftus.
Hayling Pond Horsham West Sussex Located in the centre of West Chillington, north of Storrington
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Sited on south edge of North Runcton, 5.1 km SE of King's Lynn.
Tutney Pond Chelmsford Essex Lying between Newney Green and Great Green, west of Chelmsford.

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