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 west of Walton Lane, Sunbury. Spelthorne Surrey Roadside verge, located between Shepperton and Walton on Thames
Beechgrove Pond Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common near Beechgrove Farm,2km SE of Chinnor.
Stinchcombe Hill Stroud Gloucestershire Downland located E of Stinchcombe, 0.75 km W of Dursley.
Sand and Gravel Pit, The Height, Westward. Allerdale Cumbria Small wooded area, 3 kms S.W. of Thursby.
The Salt Marsh Wyre Lancashire Marsh adjacent to River Wyre, to west and S.W. of Hambleton.
Saw Pit Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire Located along a minor road in Markfield.
Knobs Hill Common North Warwickshire Warwickshire Verge located along B 4116, 1.5 kms SW of Atherstone.
Land at The Feathers Public House, Wadesmill. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located in Wadesmill, 3.5 kms north of Ware.
Victoria Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester 0.5km S of Coed Poeth Farm,1km NE of Michaelchurch Escley
Land on Thames near Wargrave Wokingham Berkshire Common on E edge of River Thames,on W side of Wargrave.

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