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 North Norfolk Norfolk Located in Hickling, 4 km SE of Stalham.
Land in Sutton on Trent Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Sited on east edge of Sutton on Trent, north of Newark on Trent
Greenrigg Eden Cumbria Area of fell, located 4.25 kms S.E. of Ravenstonedale.
Additional piece to Frenchay Common Northavon Avon Located near hospital in Frenchay, in NE part of Bristol.
Land in Sandpit Lane. Maldon Essex Located on the west outskirts of Burnham-on-Crouch.
March Haigh Kirklees West Yorkshire Moor surrounding March Haigh reservoir, 3.5 kms NW of Marsden.
Sheethanger Common Dacorum Hertfordshire Partly wooded area, located on SW outskirts of Hemel Hempstead.
Harpford Common East Devon Devon Located NW of Newton Poppleford, 7.5 km N of Budleigh Salterton
Hackpen Hill Mid Devon Devon Located 1.5 km SE of Culmstock, 8 km SW of Wellington.
Land near Raine's House, Butterknowle. Teesdale Durham Located in Butterknowle, 7.5 kms west of West Auckland.

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