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
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Located in east part of Denver, south of Downham Market.
Eype Down West Dorset Dorset Downland located 2 km west of Bridport.
The Village Green Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common at centre of Little Horwood.
Brindley Lea Crewe and Nantwich Cheshire Located in Brindley, 5.5 kms west of Nantwich.
Land opposite Glebe Farm, Churchstanton. Taunton Deane Somerset Located at Churchstanton Hill, 10.5 km S of Taunton.
Land in Nancy's Lane. Uttlesford Essex Located south of Langley, 11 kms S.W. of Saffron Walden.
Bognor Common and land forming Waste of Manor of Bedham. Chichester West Sussex Extensive area of woodland, located 3 kms east of Petworth.
Land called 'Champion' Ribble Valley Lancashire Located 0.6 km N.N.W. of Threap Green, 4 kms east of Slaidburn.
Manorial Waste in Lodge Hill Lane Lewes East Sussex Roadside verge, located between Ditchling and Keymer.
Monkwood Green Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located near Monkwood Green,1.5km W of Sinton Green

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