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
Hackney Marsh Hackney/Waltham Forest LB Greater London Located adjacent to the River Lea, N.W. of Hackney.
Parish Planting Allerdale Cumbria Small area of woodland, located 0.5 km N.N.E. of Wiggonby.
Part of O.S. field No. 144. West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Roadside verge, located N.E. of New Yatt, west of North Leigh.
Common Land Broadland Norfolk Located west of Ringland, 2.75 km west of Taverham.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk Verge along minor road at Snow Street, 2.4 km NW of Diss.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Sited between Great Snoring and Little Snoring, NE of Fakenham.
Climbing Jack Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Located in Hay Park Wood,3km NW of Richards Castle
Hesworth Common Chichester West Sussex Partly wooded area, west of Fittleworth, 3 kms S.E. of Petworth
Land in West Ilsley Newbury Berkshire Common on both sides of main road in West Ilsley centre.
Land at North Moor, Tithe No. 1319. West Somerset Somerset Small area located on North Moor, west of Stolford.

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