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 uksocialhousing.com.

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
Brockeridge Common (part) Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Located either side of junction 1 on M50, 1 km WNW of Twyning.
Millbrook Sand Pit Mid Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Located south of Millbrook, near Ampthill and S.S.W. of Bedford
Westmore Green Tandridge Surrey Located on the S.W. edge of Tatsfield, south of Biggin Hill.
Tract of Saltings and Creeks on seaward side of New Sea Bank South Holland Lincolnshire Area of marsh on coast of The Wash, N.E. of Gedney Drove End.
Land north of stream, Warrengate Lane, Potters Bar. Hertsmere Hertfordshire Located near Mymms Hall, N.W. of Potters Bar.
South Millfields Hackney LB Greater London Located at Lea Bridge, between Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton.
The Old Pound Northavon Avon Located along a minor road in Churchend, 1 km SW of Charfield.
Dacre Bank Top Eden Cumbria Located 2 kms east of Penruddock and 1.25 kms N.N.W. of Dacre.
Traveller's Rest St. Edmundsbury Suffolk Located along A 143 between Bury St. Edmunds and Great Barton.
The Pound Northavon Avon Located in Littleton on Severn, 4.25 km west of Thornbury.

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