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
Land adjoining Perry Hill Green Guildford Surrey Roadside verge, located in Worplesdon, N.W. of Guildford.
Old Windmill Site Rutland Leicestershire Sited along minor road east of Manton, south of Rutland Water.
Sandpit St. Edmundsbury Suffolk Located at a road junction, between Thelnetham and Blo' Norton.
Land adjoining Deepdale Beck, Lartington. Teesdale Durham Located to the west of Barnard Castle.
Land in Brentmoor Road, West End. Surrey Heath Surrey Piece of roadside verge, located in West End, N.W. of Woking.
War Memorial Green Tendring Essex Located at a minor road junction on the east edge of Wix.
Bardsea Green South Lakeland Cumbria Located 0.5 km west of Bardsea.
Nastend Green Stroud Gloucestershire Located on 'other road' in Nastend, 5.75 km WNW of Stroud.
Holden's Common Waveney Suffolk Located at minor road junction, S.E. of Ilketshall St. Andrew
Stone Quarry and Gravel Pit at Speat Gill. Allerdale Cumbria Located 2.2 kms E.S.E. of Wigton.

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