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
O.S. Field No. 28 East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along the A 1031, south of Saltfleet.
Howden Bank Quarry, Lanchester. Derwentside Durham Located 1.25 kms N.E. of Lanchester.
Hay Head Calderdale West Yorkshire Along minor road on edge of Rishworth Moor, west of Rishworth.
Land at Derby Lane West Derbyshire Derbyshire Along 'other' road 1.75 kms SE of Monyash, 7 kms SW of Bakewell
Common Land Richmondshire North Yorkshire Located on Fremington Edge, 0.5 km ENE of Reeth.
Hassocks Moss and Tarnship Quarry Richmondshire North Yorkshire Part on Redmire Moor, 1.75 km N of Redmire, and part in Redmire
Land near Durweston Bridge North Dorset Dorset Adjacent to A 350 S of Stourpaine, 3 km NW of Blandford Forum.
Little Calva Allerdale Cumbria Steep area of fell, located 6.5 kms N.N.E. of Keswick.
Matterdale Common Eden Cumbria Extensive area of fell, located 4.5 kms S.E. of Threlkeld.
Birch Heath Common Chester Cheshire Located 1 km east of Christleton, 4.5 kms east of Chester.

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