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 End, Great Waltham. Chelmsford Essex Located in North End, 5.25 kms S.E. of Great Dunmow.
Broad Street Common (part). Guildford Surrey Located on the N.E. outskirts of Guildford.
Land in parish of Newnham Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Located on NW edge of Newnham, 3.75 km SE of Cinderford.
Wood Gate Delph Bradford West Yorkshire On minor road 0.75 km SE of Goose Eye, 2.25 kms WSW of Keighley
Walsworth Common North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at Walsworth in the northern part of Hitchin.
Little Moor Common Rotherham South Yorkshire Roadside verge between Dinnington and Laughton en le Morthen.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Along minor road south of Little Thornage, 2.5 km SW of Holt.
Hackley Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Located 2km to SE of Woonton on edge of Sarnesfield Coppice
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Woodland north of Thornton Dale, 3.5 km east of Pickering.
Roe Green Common North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at Roe Green, 9 kms east of Letchworth.

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