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
Footpath to River Peterborough Cambridgeshire Located adjacent to River Nene between Castor and Water Newton.
Scad Beck Common Allerdale Cumbria Located on the coast at Allonby Bay, 2 kms north of Maryport.
Part of Hankley Common Waverley Surrey Located 1.5 kms S.W. of Elstead and W.S.W. of Godalming.
Brownheath Common Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Located 1.5km E of Martin Hussington,3km S of Droitwich
Birkshaw Awarded Quarry Tynedale Northumberland Located 0.75 km north of Redburn.
Grasmere Common South Lakeland Cumbria Located on the steep-sided fells surrounding Grasmere.
Common Land Selby North Yorkshire Located in High Eggborough, 7.5 km ESE of Knottingley.
Part of Broxhead Common East Hampshire Hampshire Located on S boundary of Broxhead Common, N of Bordon Camp.
Part of Crownhill Down South Hams Devon Located on south edge of Dartmoor, 1 km NE of Drakeland Corner.
The Commons, Hutton Henry. Easington Durham Located at Hutton Henry, 8 kms N.W. of Hartlepool.

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