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
Penrhos Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Common located 2km E of Kington at Penrhos
Green Street Uttlesford Essex Verge located at Hellman's Cross, 5.75 kms S.W. of Great Dunmow
Area of land situated south of Primary School, Stone Street Sevenoaks Kent Partly wooded area north of Stone Street, and east of Sevenoaks
Allotment Garden Harborough Leicestershire Located along B 577 between High Cross and Claybrooke Magna.
Verges from the Bull Inn to Street Farm. Dacorum Hertfordshire Roadside verge in Bovingdon, S.W. of Hemel Hempstead.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Located along minor road on NW edge of Blakeney.
Rosenannon Downs or Rosenannon Common Restormel Cornwall Downland at Scotland Corner, 5.25 km NE of St. Columb Major.
The Pond Site Cherwell Oxfordshire Located in Horton-cum-Studley, N.E. of Oxford.
Land at southern end of Collins Green, (along Netley Lane). North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located adjacent to an RUPP, 2.25 kms S.S.W. of Therfield.
Part of the Lynch, Ringwould. Dover Kent Located S.E. of Ringwould, situated between Dover and Deal.

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