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
Junction of Church Lane and Great Barton to Bury Road. St. Edmundsbury Suffolk Located in Great Barton, 4.3 kms N.E. of Bury St. Edmunds.
Oxenhope and Midgley Moors Calderdale West Yorkshire Extensive are of moorland located 1 km north of Mytholmroyd.
Little Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located 0.75km NW of Upper Broadheath
Mulfra Hill Common Penwith Cornwall Located on Mulfra Hill, south of Zennor, 8 km SW of St. Ives.
Land by The Fox Public House, (part of Bricket Wood Common). St. Albans Hertfordshire Located along a minor road, between Bricket Wood and Watford.
Newtown Common Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Partly wooded area located S of Newtown, 3.25 kms S of Newbury.
Ringswell Common Northavon Avon Located to SE of Marshfield, 9.5 km NNE of Bath.
Moor, Munchers, Parkers, Badgers, Wood End and Canons Greens. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located between Ardeley and Wood End, 8 kms ENE of Stevenage.
Two tracts of land at Chelwood Beacon. Wealden East Sussex Two areas of woodland, located N.E. and east of Chelwood Common
Brookhouse Common Northavon Avon Located 1.5 km W of Marshfield, 10 km NNE of Bath.

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