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
Manorial waste, Thursley. Waverley Surrey Unit in two parts, in Thursley and Bowlhead Green.
Otterbourne Hill Common Winchester Hampshire Located at Otterbourne Hill on north outskirts of Eastleigh.
The Pond Winchester Hampshire Located along a minor road between Soberton and Soberton Heath.
Land near Greenfield Villas, Bolton-le-Sands. Lancaster Lancashire Along minor road 0.75 km SW of Bolton-le-Sands, SW of Carnforth
Land near Lowicks House, Frensham Common. Waverley Surrey Area of water, located 1.75 kms S.E. of Frensham.
Hog Common Chichester West Sussex At Brooms Farm,1km N of Chilgrove.
The Pond adjoining The Chapel, Radnage. Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common NW of Pond Farm,2.5km NE of Stokenchurch.
Part of Lakenheath Warren Forest Heath Suffolk Partly wooded area, located 6 kms south of Brandon.
Broadstreet Common (part) Guildford Surrey Located 3.5 kms N.W. of Guildford, east of Wood Street.
Watering Place near West Curthwaite. Allerdale Cumbria Located near West Curthwaite, 1.25 kms south of Thursby.

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