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
Eastern part of Limpsfield Common Tandridge Surrey Partly wooded area, located east of Limpsfield.
Long Crag Allerdale Cumbria Loacted west of Braithwaite, 3.5 kms west of Keswick.
Cripdon Down Teignbridge Devon Area of moorland, located on east Dartmoor, 2 km SW of Manaton.
Goathland Moor Scarborough North Yorkshire Moorland located E and S of Goathland, 9 km SW of Whitby.
West End Town Common Northavon Avon Along a minor road, 1 km NW of Marshfield, 10 km NNE of Bath.
Manor Common North Cornwall Cornwall Located on SW edge of Bodmin Moor, 2.5 km NE of Blisland.
Sampford Common Taunton Deane Somerset Located at Sampford Point on Black Down, 4 km SW of Wellington.
The Flounder Chichester West Sussex On E side of A286,0.25km S of Kingsley Green.
Cock Marsh Windsor and Maidenhead Berkshire Common S of River Thames,2km NE of Cookham Dean.
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Along minor road 2 km W of Old Byland, 4.5 km WNW of Rievaulx.

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