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 Ryedale North Yorkshire Along minor road 2 km W of Old Byland, 4.5 km WNW of Rievaulx.
Cefn Hill South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Land at Cefn Hill, 4km SW of Snodhill
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located west of Cold Cotes, 2.5 km SE of Ingleton.
Land at Woodside Chester Cheshire Located in Woodside, 2.25 kms N.E. of Ashton, near Mouldsworth.
Lower Lugg Meadow South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to River Lugg,1km E of Hereford
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Roadside verge in Cold Kirby, 4.5 km WSW of Rievaulx.
Allotment Gardens, Spriggs Alley. Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common on N side of road at Sprigs Alley.
Cowpe Moss Rossendale Lancashire Located 1 km south of Cowpe, 8 kms N.W. of Rochdale.
Knodishall Common Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Small part of Knodishall Common located 2.25 kms SW of Leiston.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located 2.5 km SSE of Settle.

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