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
Blaylock Riggs Common Carlisle Cumbria Located near Kingstown, 2.5 kms north of Carlisle.
Halling Common Rochester upon Medway Kent Located on the banks of the River Medway, east of Halling.
Cud Hill Stroud Gloucestershire Along B 4073 and minor road at Cud Hill,5.5km SSE of Gloucester
Kalkow Bog Eden Cumbria Located 5 kms S.W. of Penrith, and west of Stainton.
The Village Greens Craven North Yorkshire Unit in three parts located in Kilnsey, Wharfedale.
Felbridge Green Tandridge Surrey Roadside verge, located in Felbridge, N.W. of East Grindstead.
Warton Salt Marsh Lancaster Lancashire Area of sand and marsh located 1.75 kms west of Carnforth.
Part of Kingsley Common East Hampshire Hampshire Woodland located east of Kingsley and north of Bordon Camp.
Land in front of nos. 93-115, Dulwich Village, Southwark Southwark LB Greater London Roadside verge located in Dulwich Village, south of Camberwell.
Fingringhoe Hall Pond Colchester Essex Located adjacent to the Roman River, north of Fingringhoe.

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