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 uksocialhousing.com.

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 North Norfolk Norfolk Wooded area east of Beeston Regis, 1.5 km ESE of Sheringham.
Stockwell Heath Pool Lichfield Staffordshire Located in Stockwell Heath, 4 kms NNE of Rugeley.
Land in Bradfield-on-the-Green South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Along minor road west of Cogenhoe, 6 kms east of Northampton.
Garway Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located in centre of Garway
A plot south-west of Sherborne Road, Leigh. West Dorset Dorset Sited along minor road, 1 km E of Leigh, 4 km SE of Yetminster.
Hoad Common and part of Shipbourne Common Tonbridge and Malling Kent Located south of Shipbourne, and 5.5 kms north of Tonbridge.
Ducks Green North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located S.W. of Hay Green, 5 kms S.W. of Royston.
Langtree Common Torridge Devon Along stream south of Langtree Common, 10 km south of Bideford.
Barrow Wake Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Downland at Barrow Wake, 6 km SW of Cheltenham.
The Salt Marsh Wyre Lancashire Marsh adjacent to River Wyre, to west and S.W. of Hambleton.

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