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
Pinfold Yard, St Bees Primary School. Copeland Cumbria Located on the eastern edge of St Bees.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Moorland lying S of Giggleswick Scar, 1.5 km NW of Giggleswick.
Stedham Marsh Chichester West Sussex Near Ipping Marsh,on roadside,1km SE of Milland Marsh.
Gravel Pit Taunton Deane Somerset Located NW of Coombe, 6.25 km NE of Taunton.
Land by Bramdean Common Winchester Hampshire Unit in two parts at Bramdean Common, 14 kms east of Winchester
Parts to south and west of Clasford Common Guildford Surrey Roadside verge, located 5.1 kms N.W. of Guildford.
Great Barrock Wood Quarry Eden Cumbria Small area of woodland, located 1 km north of Low Hesket.
The Common Babergh Suffolk Located along minor road 1.75 kms east of Chelmondiston.
Hassocks Moss and Tarnship Quarry Richmondshire North Yorkshire Part on Redmire Moor, 1.75 km N of Redmire, and part in Redmire
Part of Bramshott Common East Hampshire Hampshire Woodland and verge located at Hammer Bottom, NE of Liphook.

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