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
The Lynch Dover Kent Located S.E. of Ringwould, between Deal and Dover.
Land in parish of Chailey Lewes East Sussex Roadside verge, located on the A 275, south of South Chailey.
Sandpit adjacent to Painswick Hill. Stroud Gloucestershire Located along A 46 in Paradise, 1.5 km NNE of Painswick.
Verges in Long Green Lane, Bardfield Saling. Braintree Essex Located at Bardfield Saling and Crow's Green, N.W. of Braintree
Threshfield Moor (part) Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located 1.5 km SW of Threshfield.
St. Catherine's Hill Guildford Surrey Located on the southern outskirts of Guildford.
The Fen St. Edmundsbury Suffolk Weston Fen to the south of Fen Street, 1 km NW of Market Weston
Buntings Green Braintree Essex Located at Bunting's Green, 2 kms east of Halstead.
Kislingbury House Green South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Along the B 4525 in Kislingbury, 5.75 kms WSW of Northampton.
Village Pound North Warwickshire Warwickshire Located in Water Orton on the NE outskirts of Birmingham.

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