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
Land at North Moor, Tithe No. 1319. West Somerset Somerset Small area located on North Moor, west of Stolford.
Whitford Green East Devon Devon Located near River Axe on SE edge of Whitford, SW of Axminster.
Land near Brook Farm Mid Suffolk Suffolk Verge along minor road, located 1.25 kms S.W. of Rattlesden.
Common Road West Lindsey Lincolnshire Located east of Bardney, 15 kms E.S.E. of Lincoln.
Staines Lammas or Church Lammas Spelthorne Surrey Located on the north-west outskirts of Staines.
Cob Lane Common Welwyn Hatfield Hertfordshire Near Welwyn N Station, on N.E. outskirts of Welwyn Garden City.
Poor's Field, Joel Street, Northwood Hills. Hillingdon LB Greater London Located adjacent to the B 472, south of Northwood Hills station
Chiltern Green South Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Located at Chiltern Green, 5 kms S.E. of Luton.
Common Land Hambleton North Yorkshire Along minor road at Ingleby Cross, 10 km NE of Northallerton.
Nameless parcel of land, Millbrook. Caradon Cornwall Located on coast at Southdown, 2.5 km south of Torpoint.

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