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
Charlton Common Northavon Avon Located on edge of Filton Airfield, on N outskirts of Bristol.
Mungrisdale Common Eden Cumbria An area of very steep, rocky fell, to the west of Mungrisdale.
Broxhead Common East Hampshire Hampshire Partly wooded unit located north of Bordon Camp.
Land at East Ilsley Newbury Berkshire Common on NE side of East Ilsley,on road.
Shoulder of Mutton Green Bexley LB Greater London Located along the A 207, in the N.W. part of Bexley.
Walton Moss Carlisle Cumbria Located 1.5 kms N.W. of Walton.
Allotment Gardens Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on NW edge of Edlesborough.
The Pond North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located in Graveley, north of Stevenage.
Hardown Hill West Dorset Dorset Located in Morcombelake, 6.5 km NE of Lyme Regis.
Yockenthwaite Moor Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located N of Yockenthwaite, 8.5 km SE of Hawes.

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