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
Unenclosed portions of Great Common, Taplow. South Bucks Buckinghamshire Common along B476 from Hitchambury,N to Cliveden.
Plaster Down Camp West Devon Devon Located on west edge of Dartmoor, 1.5 km north of Horrabridge.
Milford Common Waverley Surrey Area of rough grassland and woodland, 4 kms S.W. of Godalming.
Land north of Stanners Hill Runnymede Surrey Area of woodland, located 5 kms north of Woking.
Land on south side of Whitewater Lane, Ollerton. Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Located at Whitewater Bridge, 3 kms NNE of New Ollerton.
Mawbray Banks Allerdale Cumbria Located on the coast at Beckfoot, 3.8 kms S.S.W. of Silloth.
Clay Pit and Manorial Waste at Nooklane Foot. Carlisle Cumbria Located 0.5 km west of Dalston.
Golf Links Quarry Allerdale Cumbria Located 1 km N.W. of Embleton, 3.5 kms east of Cockermouth.
Ifield Wood or Ifield Wood Common Horsham West Sussex Partly wooded area at Ifieldwood, 3.5 kms N.W. of Crawley.
Heath Common Wakefield West Yorkshire Located at Heath, 2.25 kms E.S.E. of Wakefield.

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