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
Public Watering Place Copeland Cumbria Located near Corney, 3.4 kms north of Bootle.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Located north of West Rudham Common, 2.25 km SSE of East Rudham
Common Land Hambleton North Yorkshire Verges located in and NE of Knayton, 5.25 km north of Thirsk.
Part of March Haigh Kirklees West Yorkshire Moorland located south of A 640, 4.25 kms west of Marsden.
Land at Skelmenthorpe Kirklees West Yorkshire Located adjacent to stream at Park Gate, north of Skelmenthorpe
The Green at Penlands Horsham West Sussex Common in S part of Steyning.
Recreation Field Boothferry Humberside Located in Owston Ferry, 10 kms north of Gainsborough.
Stedham Marsh Chichester West Sussex Near Ipping Marsh,on roadside,1km SE of Milland Marsh.
Brittens Field Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common in centre of Edlesborough.
Broad Oak Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located in centre of Broad Oak

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