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
Warton Salt Marsh Lancaster Lancashire Area of sand and marsh located 1.75 kms west of Carnforth.
Lustleigh Cleave Teignbridge Devon Located east of River Bovey between Manaton and Lustleigh.
Furze Way Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located 1 km south of Burgate and 1.75 kms west of Mellis.
The Red Pond, Ovingham. Tynedale Northumberland Located north of Ovingham, 1 km N.W. of Prudhoe.
Giggs Hill Green Elmbridge Surrey Located at Giggs Hill, near Thames Ditton.
Cowpe Moss Rossendale Lancashire Located 1 km south of Cowpe, 8 kms N.W. of Rochdale.
Church Green Colchester Essex Located north of Fingringhoe, 5.6 kms S.E. of Colchester.
Littledowns North Cornwall Cornwall Located at minor road junction, 1.25 km SSE of Cardinham.
The Common by the Grey Goose Nest. Teignbridge Devon Located on east Dartmoor, 2km SE of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
Sandpit St. Edmundsbury Suffolk Located at a road junction, between Thelnetham and Blo' Norton.

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