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
Public Pond at Beacons Bottom Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common N of A40, at Horsleys Green.
The Saltings Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Located on the coast at Gore Point, 5 km NE of Hunstanton.
Part of Hemel Down and part of Bonehill Down. Teignbridge Devon Moorland on east Dartmoor, 2.5 km N of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
Roadside strip adjoining the playing field, Catsfield. Rother East Sussex Roadside verge, located in Catsfield, S.W. of Battle.
West End Common Elmbridge Surrey Partly wooded area, located S.W. of Esher.
Harrow Weald Common Harrow LB Greater London Shown as woodland, (O.S.Map), located 1.25 kms south of Bushey.
Whaddon Green Stroud Gloucestershire Located along A 4173 in Whaddon, south of Gloucester.
Oaks Quarry, Evenwood Teesdale Durham Located at Evenwood, 2 kms W.S.W. of West Auckland.
Manorial Waste Chichester West Sussex Along road,1km S of Plaistow.
Dunkeswell Turbary East Devon Devon Located 2 km SW of Dunkeswell, 5.5 km NW of Honiton.

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