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
Murrah Road Ends Eden Cumbria Located 1.5 kms N.E. of Mungrisdale.
Waste between Street and Ponds Roads, Galleywood. Chelmsford Essex Located on minor road, Galleywood, 4.5 kms south of Chelmsford
Didling Common Chichester West Sussex Common along road,near Pipers Farm,0.75km NE of Didling.
Chapel Bank Chester Cheshire Located in Kelsall, 6 kms N.N.W. of Tarporley.
Parts of Exmoor West Somerset Somerset Fragmented area of moorland and woodland S and SW of Porlock.
Cowards Marsh Christchurch Dorset On E side of St. Domerine Hill, 2.25 km NNW of Christchurch
The Pound Wansdyke Avon Located in North Stoke, 6.75 km NW of Bath.
Land on side of road from Kelvedon Hatch to Blackmore. Brentwood Essex Woodland and verge located between Kelvedon Hatch and Hock End.
Land near Odiham Common Hart Hampshire Sited on west boundary of Odiham Common, 1.5 kms NNE of Odiham.
Goss Moor Restormel Cornwall Heathland and marsh located 3.25 km NE of Indian Queens.

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